Keeper of the Light
By Omaste Witkowski
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. ~Theodore Roethke
Flowers bring light and life to my garden. I am fortunate that I get to see them year after year when they return again to bring a smile to my outdoor life. I have cultivated many flowers in my garden, and for some reason I seem to have an easier time growing flowers than I do vegetables. I am not exactly sure why but I don�t dwell on it too much. I tend to explore with my camera and look for unique qualities about each one. It is really fun to study the minute details. Each year, each flower is unique and I get a chance to document this evolution and progress as I wander.
I enjoy the way that flowers bloom and also the way that they fade when they are done blooming. There is beauty and mystery to each phase of life. This flower is nearly done with it�s job for the year and it is ready to sleep for another season or so. I love the way that the petals hang on to the last minute. Trying to absorb as much sunshine from this place, and enough nutrients, to see it through until next year. If the flower is successful in capturing this energy then it will reappear again to delight us with it�s showy presence and the cycle begins again�.
My garden is a favorite place of mine. I create and I nurture and I enjoy. I love the spring blooms and bright colors. The whole cycle is such a treat and I look forward to every new year and what it will bring. You never know what will come back and what will be new.
This photograph was taken in Winthrop Wa (Washington State), in the beautiful Methow Valley. The Methow is a small jewel of an area not too far from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Okanogan County is such a great place to live for all of the sunshine and outdoors recreation.
My garden in the spring is a magical place to be. Here in Winthrop this flower will show up in about June depending on where exactly you live. Twisp, Winthrop, Mazama and Carlton each have their own time when it blooms. Seattle has a much longer growing season than we do.
I started with a digital photograph and used a HDR process to tone map the light. Then I applied a finishing oil paint layer to add texture to the overall image. I did some tonal work to even out the colors and make them realistic to what I was seeing in nature but not excessively.
I am interested in photography as an "unusual" or "unique" image making process. In other words I enjoy starting with a photograph of an ordinary scene or subject and then I try to make it my own by adding unusual processing techniques. I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as i enjoy creating it.
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June 23rd, 2013
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