Tired Eyes

A new storm.

Road trips.

You know them. You like them. Probably.

You drive. You listen to specially curated playlists of road music. You eat gas station food. You drink bad coffee. You stay in motels of questionable quality. Even the ones with big names.

You’re having fun.


You decide to make tracks to a certain destination. You drive on. And on. You stop for gas. You eat in the car. You speed on. And on.


You become one with your car. Places whizz by. Signs become a blur. You’re not even going that fast.

Your eyes.

Tired. So tired.

You see. But, not see.

That’s it. You stop. For the night.


Everything that you see looks like this picture. And, that ain’t a good thing.

The picture. It was planned for yesterday. So was the prose. But, you know what they say. If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. Chef Leah passed. That stopped me in my tracks. Funny thing, I had a song in my head the whole time that I searched for her picture and started writing. I couldn’t quite place it. I had part of the melody. And, no lyrics. Last night it came to me. “Mandolin Wind.” An ancient Rod Stewart song. A beautiful and appropriate song. So, while I write to you today, I’m listening to his work from that era. When he was young. When I was young. When the world was younger than today.

Oh yeah. What did I do? I did all the post production that I wanted to make the basic picture, which was good enough. By then, that road trippy feeling was in my head. I stacked the same picture on top of itself. I skewed them slightly. I clipped their edges by cropping. I added some edge darkness. Voila!

By the way, I’ve been seeing a lot of this lately. Wallah. Huh? It’s voila, pronounced wallah. Sheesh.



4 responses to “Tired Eyes”

  1. c17princess Avatar

    I love this so much!


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you so much.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Debra Avatar

    I smiled because I frequently think back to a road trip I took a long time ago, listening to a very young Rod Stewart. The particular memory includes Rod Stewart and Linda Ronstadt. The three of us were indeed very young. Whoa!

    I don’t know one thing about stacked photo editing, but I sure do like the effect. You created a beautiful result!

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Man, I remember photographing them. Not on stage, but back stage. Ms. Ronstadt was sipping from a tequila bottle and passing it to me. It’s a wonder I made any pictures in focus in those days of manual focus.

      It really just means putting one photo on top of another digitally. If you want the effect that have, just skew one of the pictures and crop the edges. It takes some careful selection. You have to use the proper picture.

      Today I’m sad again. You’ll see in Storyteller, but I’m sure you know by now. Dr. John passed. We haven’t buried Chef Leah yet.


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