Confusion Wheel

Customized nature.


es, it’s true. I wrote that caption which says customized nature. It’s true because I performed so much digital editing on this tree that it might not look anything like the original.

That really wasn’t my intent but it looked good at the time so I went with it. I probably should have reworked from the start but stuff got in the way. So I left it alone.

That’s been the story of the last two years.

Even with no traveling and mostly staying at home until very recently, stuff got in the way.

The real problem comes when I try to think of what that stuff was. No. I’m not suffering from memory loss even though during the year of lock up minutes turned into hours, hours turned into days, turned into weeks and weeks turned into months and calendar pages never turned. The stuff just wasn’t important enough to remember or even be documented.

But, it got in the way.

And, you?



7 responses to “Confusion Wheel”

  1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    I like it …. especially the overlay of the brightness and shadows.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you, Frank. I wasn’t sure that I liked it. But, there I was with no backup.


  2. Jolandi Steven Avatar

    Your picture is a good reflection of how reality during these last two years have become distorted, Ray. It is still recognizable as a tree, but with an edge of something else . . . despair, frustration, sorrow . . . I guess for all of us it will be overlayed by something different. Yet no one can escape it.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Around her we say that time became elastic. Only the change of seasons told us any kind of time. You know that the maker can do whatever he/she wants, but it’s the viewer who makes 70% of the meaning through their own experiences. Or, to quote John Lennon when he was asked what his songs meant, he replied, “Whatever you want them to mean.” Thank you for stopping. These days I get nervous when I don’t see people online.


      1. Jolandi Steven Avatar

        I know exactly what you mean, Ray. I’ve been terrible the last year engaging with people and blogs. Now that I live permanently in Portugal my time is mostly spent by either some bureaucratic procedure or working on the land. A good antidote for a pandemic.

        I love the John Lennon quote and your view of time. Such true.

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        The New York Times actually did a story about the lethargy that engulfed all of us. We followed you… we bought a farm in The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 82 acres. Former dairy farm. We aren’t really growing anything but hay.


      3. Jolandi Steven Avatar

        How wonderful, Ray. I hope you love your new life on the farm. Having more space these days is definitely a bonus.

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