Conwy Castle, but not as you know it. More surreal images.

A visit to Conwy Castle afforded a great opportunity to capture photographic images that I thought I could blend to create a surreal montage. Sometimes when I have this kind of project in mind I will start from a broad outline of intent; other times it’s a complete free flow of ideas. On this occasion it was most definitely the latter.

It was a lovely day, relaxed and with very few people about. I snapped away capturing as many different angles as I could. I love details, preferring to use a telephoto lens rather than wide-angle.

parts removed, overlaid, hue and saturation tweaked

With the basics in place my ideas for a story-line took over. An image of the prolific foxglove that is such a part of the North Wales countryside was added. I just needed a ‘human’ aspect to this theme of loss / decay / longing for the past. I saw the very thing in my own garden – a pale grey planter in the form of a melancholic female head.

Final stage was to add a caption:
‘The spirit without’

I decided on the caption to tell the story on many levels.

  • the spirit of melancholy is outside the castle, longing to return – to security, to a loved one
  • the spirit herself is without a life, a home, a corporeal form
  • the castle is in decay and crumbling because its life, its spirit has gone

Thank you for looking at my photographic explorations. If you like what I am attempting to convey please Like, Share, or Comment.

Being creative is the mainstay of my life, and poetry, prose, and photography is where I express my deepest emotions. I also enjoy the challenge of design and create jewellery, fabric bags, and garments and home items in yarn. Diagnosed with ASD at the age of 68 after fifty years in and out of the mental health system, I now aim to explore and share my experiences over these years. Apart from blogs and short articles I'll share my life in my verse and images.

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