In 2008, I decided to try my hand at photo collage using the GIMP, given that I have, well, a hard drive full of digital images. To be honest, I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the GIMP. It takes a lot of work to try out tools and figure out how it works and I don’t always have a ton of patience. Which might explain why I took to the phone photo apps so quickly. Pick a filter or effect and, boom! Instant gratification.
For this image, I worked in layers. The grid background image is a wall in one of the buildings at the Portland Chinese Garden. The lotus blooms were from the pond at that garden. We spent the afternoon there with friends and I have a lot of photos from this outing. The buddha is one of our household buddhas, shot against a white wall, solely for the purpose of layering into this collage.
I was never completely happy with this image. I don’t like the vertical line from one of the layers that jarringly breaks the images in thirds. I do like the idea of it and I like seeing the garden beyond the wall – I think it adds nice depth to the piece. I can see re-working this collage now that I have more tools and experience with GIMP.