Marie Miller  

Growth by Marie Miller

September 2020 - Growth

September 2020 - Marie Miller

Original 1

September 2020 - Marie Miller

Original 2

About the Image(s)

This is a composite image. The main image was taken while covering a Black Lives Matter protest. Businesses were shuttered with ply wood. Someone painted a yellow heart with the word “hope” in it. I believe a second person sprayed “was never there” below” it. A black poster was next to it that someone tried to tear down. The top of that poster said “Families Belong Together. I can only guess this was in reference to Mexicans crossing the border into America. Both pieces of art attesting to rampant discontent and unrest in Denver, the U.S. and around the world exacerbated by the pandemic and subsequent lockdown and curfews.

The second image (to create the overlay) was from the Denver Botanic Garden where I found an interesting spiky leafy plant. I masked most of this picture out so that the spikes (representing discontent) would be inside the heart, yet the heart couldn’t contain so many spikes. One escaped, carrying another with it. The ending of the story is left to the viewer.

I named this image simply “Growth”. Growth can mean something positive such as learning, maturing, love and concepts along those lines. Yet growth can also mean something negative, such as cancers, tumors, hatred. What are our actions and inactions contributing to?

7 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Marie, You have mastered compositing. I like the interlacing of the flowers and wall text. It brings the images together in a meaningful way. Your description helps me more fully understand the image although it is a powerful statement visually. We need more images like this to reflect America's myriad problems and plunge out of the status of first world countries. Karl   Posted: 09/18/2020 16:24:59
Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Thanks Karl, This was unlike anything I had ever done before. Just as songwriters and other artists sometimes include parts of themselves in their art, this was something I felt needed to be released.   Posted: 09/18/2020 19:15:03

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi Marie
This is an interesting composite although I may not have got the connection if you had not explained it. I love the story...just sad that it's one that is being told, isn't it.
You've put a lot of thought into this and obviously enjoyed being creative! Well done!!   Posted: 09/19/2020 01:01:10
Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Valerie, thanks so much for your comments.   Posted: 09/19/2020 18:46:50

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Wonderful and imaginative work. I don't think I would have figured out what the spiky plant was supposed to mean if you hadn't explained it, but I certainly got the rest of it.

Congratulations, too, on your gorgeous "Heavenly Devotion" on the Home Page!   Posted: 09/19/2020 13:37:07
Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Sandra, thanks. I hope to improve visual storytelling, gotta keep practicing. Yikes, I was supposed to let Judith know. I'll do that now. Thank you, my late mother was the inspiration for that image.   Posted: 09/19/2020 18:51:15

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Fascinating concept well executed! I like your adjustment of the warm tones in the wall and boards. The position of the "O" and "P" in the heart made me consider that a spiked goblin trapped within the heart was peering out through eye glasses. The flower under the "E" is partially closed and suggests that the two spiked external flowers are being sucked like poison into the heart. For me this image is a metaphor for the effect that hatred and lies can have upon some hearts.   Posted: 09/20/2020 15:38:24


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