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Little Girl Lost, Little Girl Found

A girl and her best friend, remixed from Creative Commons content on Flickr.

 

INSPIRATION:

I created this image when I produced a book trailer for a dear friend of mine, Dr. Helen Schieszka. "Dr. Helen" has written a trilogy of novels, Little Girl Lost, Little Girl Found (two of which has been published so far). The books tell the story of Ann, a woman dealing with the lasting impact of childhood abuse in her life.

 

Dr. Helen is a licensed counselor, and wrote the books to help women on that same journey. I created this image when Dr. Helen asked for something involving a child and her teddy bear (as a bear plays a part in the novels). I couldn't find a photo that felt exactly right, so I made this. I originally called it "Teddy Bear Remix," but that wasn't a great title. While I was working on this page, I realized that a much better title--the books that inspired it--was staring me right in the face.

 

PROCESS:

I added the long hair (theritters) on the child (Burt)--the subject is actually a boy--and composited them into the "Lonely Bench" scene (AlleKF). I added effects, including stripping out the color from the beach scene, blurring elements of the beach scene, and adding effects to the child & bear (and the hair). The bench back is on a separate layer from the rest of the beach photo, so that the subjects can been seen through the gaps in the bench, and appear to be sitting on it.

 

I liked the idea of having the child & her teddy bear be the only elements in the picture with color. I'm fairly severely color blind, so I try to use color sparingly. If something looks kind of OK to me color-wise, you're probably going to think it was made by manic circus clowns.

 

SOURCES:

"Boy and Teddy Bear Snip" by Ian Burt on Flickr

"Tilly's Har Extravaganza" by theritters on Flickr

"Lonely Bench" by AlleKF on Flickr

 

Used by permission under a Creative Commons 2.0 (Share Alike) license. New work is distributed under the same license.

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Taken on August 12, 2015