Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Often Asked Inspiration Question

I can guess that you’ve seen the question “What inspires you” on numerous occasions in interviews referencing someone's artwork, photography or writing. Of course, the answers are going to vary from person to person. 

Recently, I was inspired by weekly photo challenges at a now defunct social network. That inspiration furthered my curiosity in taking original photographs to different levels. The weekly challenge generally involved editing a specific subject or even a color in a photograph.  The challenge required submission of a photograph with edits that had a color splash, was desaturated or in monochrome.



This red and yellow Gerber daisy still life photograph was one I chose during these challenges. I made a multitude of changes for a monochrome look, a desaturated look and in selecting where to leave the splash of color. In those edits I went through even more changes to end with the image below which I now have in my ClickASnap photography portfolio.

Since I had done this work to the original photograph, I decided to add it to a template design on a greeting, note and post card cover in my Zazzle store. The photograph is also available as a print to which you can add a mat and frame.


If you like the altered or original photograph and would like to see one/both on a Zazzle product other than those now available, let me know. I would be happy to post it in the store for you to view. 

Have you escaped your comfort zone in any creative endeavor? 
Let us know your experience in the comments. 

Now go out there and get inspired.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

4 Scenes At A Stop Along Historic Route 66 In Arizona

It was pretty funny learning about the naming of one southwestern city along historic old Route 66 in Arizona. Why? According to several references, Hackberry was named after the matting formed on the bodies of cattle. Although Hackberry is a type of tree, the Arizona town may have been named for what was described as pellets on the long hair of cattle. 
hackberry, Route 66, Arizona, historic route
Hackberry ~ Just One Stop Along Historic Route 66, Arizona
The only real sight in the town these days is the Hackberry General Store. Hackberry General Store is listed in Trip Advisor with excellent to good rating and a variety of interesting reviews.  The town was pretty much designated a ghost town when the grocery store and gas station closed down in 1978 after Interstate 40 went active. 

On the grounds of the General Store you'll find interesting artifacts from yesteryear as shown below and in the store a wide variety of interesting items and souvenirs. A ride along Old Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman or vise versa gets you there. Hackberry is one of many busy spots along the route from Seligman to Kingman during the annual Spring Route 66 Fun Run.

Weathered and rusty Ford truck front.
A background of antique odds and ends with an old auto.
License plates and rusty tin signs.
A rustic outhouse, car parts and old signs.
Visit TheAspenStand Store at Zazzle and find Arizona related Historic Route 66 items including stickers like the oval design above pillows and more. 

Where have you traveled along old Route 66?
Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on the post. Thanks.