Little Girl Lost, Little Girl Found
A girl and her best friend, remixed from Creative Commons content on Flickr.
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.
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.
"Boy and Teddy Bear Snip" by Ian Burt on Flickr
"Tilly's Har Extravaganza" by theritters on Flickr
"Lonely Bench" by AlleKF on Flickr
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