Jo-Ann Rolle  

Breathing Vivacity: An Expressionistic Ode to a Stoic Muse by Jo-Ann Rolle

November 2023 - Breathing Vivacity: An Expressionistic Ode to a Stoic Muse

November 2023 - Jo-Ann Rolle


About the Image(s)

During a visit to the Philadelphia Museum, I found myself deeply enthralled by the extensive collection of African art and artifacts. Amongst the vivid and dramatic displays, one particular exhibit reverberated with a quaint allureā€”an austere depiction of an elderly lady. This piece, despite its simplistic structure, harbored a profound essence, whispering tales of bygone eras and resilient grace. However, its stoic ambiance beckoned for a dash of vivacity to truly encapsulate the rhythmic spirit of Africa.

Inspired to imbue the image with a touch of whimsy whilst honoring its inherent dignity, I turned to the modern magic of digital enhancement. Initially, I applied the Topaz Clarity filter, to augment the texture and depth of images, thereby accentuating the stoic grace of the old lady. Yet, the journey of transformation didn't cease there; a playful instinct guided me to meld a spirited Expressionism filter onto the image. This kaleidoscopic veil superimposed upon the original, imbued it with a dance of colors and emotions, akin to a jovial celebration of life’s rich tapestry.

This creative endeavor was not merely a dalliance with whimsical aesthetics, but an earnest attempt to intertwine the traditional with the contemporary, to breathe a playful zest into a portrayal that resonated with stoic elegance. The resultant imagery is a harmonious blend of old-world charm and modern-day vibrancy, symbolizing a respectful nod to the past while embracing the boundless creative possibilities of the present.

Photograph taken with iPhone Pro Max 13 - Raw setting. Post processing editing in Topaz

Top image original . Bottom image edited in Topaz

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
Welcome to our group JoAnn.
I like the way you have cropped the image. The post processing you have done in Topaz has worked well especially with the lighting. The museum seems an interesting place to visit and get some great shots.
Not sure whether it is my eyes but the image seems to slope a little towards the right?   Posted: 11/05/2023 10:36:00

Janet McLaughlin   Janet McLaughlin
Welcome to the group JoAnn!
You have a lovely image from the museum and your post processing has added a lot to the image. I think you have accomplished what you set out to do! The colors have come alive and the image pops!   Posted: 11/05/2023 16:38:39

Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Welcome Jo-Ann. I like your thinking, but the processesed shot is not the same as the original shot. You can see on the processed among other things, there is more at the bottom, and the feather or whatever that is intersects the glass line but does not with the original shot. This may be why the processed shot is crooked, but for the very bottom. I am a fan of Topaz, but I find the image a bit hard to visualize, like on the skirt. I actually like the original shot better with some processing and no topaz. My thoughts.   Posted: 11/05/2023 19:21:29

Rose Norman   Rose Norman
Welcome to the Group. A very different image and very sharp taken with an iPhone. Amazing what they can do especially shooting in RAW.
The sides are nicely diffused in the processed image. It almost seems that the subject has moved closer in and yet is does not appear to be cropped at the bottom.   Posted: 11/05/2023 20:18:46

Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
Welcome Jo-Anne This is a very colorful piece of art. As others have mentioned, my suggestion would be to straighten the image. There is nice vibrancy and saturation to the art.   Posted: 11/06/2023 10:47:02

Ralph Bridgland   Ralph Bridgland
Welcome to the group. I like the way you have darkened and blurred the background. I might suggest cropping a bit from the top. It is amazing what can be accomplished with today's cellphone cameras. Well done!
  Posted: 11/08/2023 16:07:01