I prefer to believe there is always hope. Even when hope seems lost, I believe that is has merely moved direction to guide you onto another path. Hope is such a powerful, yet complex emotion. It is there to give comfort when needed, yet it is completely controlled by yourself.
In this image I used a lantern/light to symbolise hope and the vibrant red of the dress to symbolise defiance and strength. Hope will prevail.
I did much more processing on this image that I had intended. I certainly did not expect to be building a house in Photoshop! As you can see from the before image, the processing was rather extreme.
I took this image how I had envisioned I would process it. I had wanted it to look to the viewer as if they were peering into another world. Yet when I started processing this image recently it just did not feel right the way I had thought it should. So instead of ditching the image, I started playing around with a few options in Photoshop. Using the rectangular marquee tool, some copy and paste, some careful masking and my new best friend, the warp tool, I had a scene that felt right.
This was a great challenge to work on. I’m not sure if leaving it to brew in my folders for so many months was a good thing, but I love the feel and symbolism of this image, so I am glad I stuck with it :)