“Everything you can imagine is real.”
― Pablo Picasso

I have found that exciting changes have been happening with my approach to photography.  When I go out to photograph, I am no longer looking for the single image to capture which will be processed and posted when I get home.  Instead,

I have been approaching my photography more as a collector of elements that might later be put together to create something else.

As an example, I recently went with dear friends to photograph at Old Car City, located in White, Georgia.  Old Car City is a photographer’s paradise.

I did find scenes that intrigued me on their own.

Shadows from the Past

Fall Reflections

But mostly, I enjoyed gathering images with the intent of making something else.

Here I took a rusty scene from one of the cars to use as a frame for my friend who was photographing nearby.

Framing a Friend

I spent much of the day simply shooting wonderful textures which I hope to use someday in a finished piece.  This was my favorite texture from the day.


My favorite images from the trip are two composite images I created.  One of the images I have submitted to the G+Scavenger Hunt.  I will not be able to share that one until all of the hunt images have been revealed.  It made me excited because I shot all of the pieces for the composite at Old Car City with the thought in mind of what I would do with them.

The composite I am sharing below is something that I thought of as I was looking through my images from Old Car City.

Dirty Windshield

I took the image of the windshield while at Old Car City.  The skull, which I had taken somewhere else, came to mind and I felt added a great deal to create a story.

I am thoroughly enjoying the changes that are happening with both my process and my products.  It is all quite an adventure.



Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

Comments (10)

  1. You inspire me. Love your work and this new focus on your approach.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you so much, Nancy! You are so kind! Hope you have had a great Thanksgiving weekend!

  2. Great work as always Mary.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you so much, Dan! Greatly appreciated!

  3. I’m very happy, Mary, that you are finding yourself on this adventure. I like all the images very much. (You added the red leaves in the mirror?) Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Janet! The leaves were really in the mirror. That is what attracted me to the shot. I only changed them from green to a more fall-like color!

  4. Another great story in photo’s!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you so much, Helene!

  5. Great work Mary, very nice to read about your process

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you so much, Siri!

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