How do you interact with art? Does it inspire your own work? I was at Laumeier Sculpture Park and this sculpture caught my eye. It is called “The Palm at the End of the Parking Lot” by Robert Lobe. It is metal wrapped around a dead walnut tree branch. It is a big sculpture and I wasn’t really interested in photographing the whole sculpture because it was the detail of the metal contrasted with the wood that caught my attention. Also, as it just so happened, the sun was shining brightly, but in a way that I could take a shot and the sculpture would be very dramatic against the sky. This is my final image:
I will show you an original exposure later in this post but this version is three exposures bracketed together and edited in Photomatix Pro. I chose the “Painterly” setting, because it was that combination of colors that I liked best. Kind of funny that this ended up being a sculpture, photographed, and edited using a painting filter.
What do you think? Do you ever photograph art and then edit it? Is that an acceptable thing to do in your opinion, or is it unethical to modify another artists work in that way? Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts below.
This post was also inspired by the weekly travel theme at Where’s My Backpack? The topic this week is sky.
Here is one of my original shots: