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the secret life of walter mitty

the weight that lays on your shoulders

could be the wings that carry you high

that carry you home


Live (ed kowalczyk), from wings


(when imagination is a weight)


thanks to hana1080 who re-reminded me of this story recently.




Our Daily Challenge: Open (an open mind is an escape hatch)




the geek behind the curtain: all shots and layers in this assemblage were taken and developed by myself.


candid shot of a guy crossing the street in a hurry yesterday (from my car, hand-held, point-and-shoot, just before it began to rain). shot of the interior of a hospital from last month. a random shot of summer clouds from somewhen that suggested an open door to me.


roughly 2 hours, almost half of which was selecting the guy out from his environment of traffic and other societal debris. had to erase a grocery bag from his left hand, then (very poorly) "build" around a third of that hand with a clone tool and some judicious blur. thankfully we can just see his ring on his finger. everything below that was pretty much invented. now that i'm seeing it uploaded i lose the ring. =(


copied the guy onto three layers. on the left-most layer he was fully saturated, the middle later desaturated by 50 percent, and the right side was fully black-n-white.


spent about an hour playing with layer masks on the guy and his background until i got a simple transition from reality to cloud. two other attempts at a background (one full of busy geometry and bright color, the other an empty street and a sliver of a storefront) were tried out and then abandoned.

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Taken on August 15, 2012