Description Even among cactus a fountain can soothe the soul. This one was found in the springtime in the foothills of Southern California.This is a photo painting. It is a real photograph digitally enhanced to look like a painting.
James Eddy, Northern California Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement In my earlier bio I tried to describe a little about who I am and what I like to photograph. I debated whether any further information was necessary to describe me. Giving it more thought I suppose it is important to tell more of my story.
In March 2008 I was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. Shortly before that I hemorrhaged in my eyes causing small blind spots in both. I spent a good part of that year in and out of the hospital receiving treatments.
Today I am in remission and doing well. I still have blind spots that cause some difficulty in seeing. I have heard it said that going through something like that makes you see life a little differently. Although I had a pretty good outlook about life, I do see things differently today, both in a more spiritual sense and in a real physical sense.
Over the last few years I have become more interested in the art of photography and am constantly learning the techniques to taking better pictures. I hope that what I photograph will please those that view it. My desire is that some might even be inspired by what I see and how I choose to let the camera capture it.
I especially like the idea of taking photos and turning them into a more painting like appearance. I call them photo paintings. Although I have not attempted to paint anything on canvas, I feel somewhat like an artist and enjoy spending time making a photo take on a new look.
In the New Testament The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:21 that to live is Christ and to die is gain. While I am here I will have my camera with me to capture what I see until that day.
To those that are going through similar circumstances or have someone close to you that is, you are not alone. Feel free to contact me if you need someone to talk to.