transparent

adjective

1. (of a material or article) allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen.

2. easy to perceive or detect.

Is it possible to digitally combine layers and layers of photographs of simple shapes and still see the initial photograph? Can you ever really hide your true feelings, and do you really need to?

Creating simple paper collages consisting of  shapes, such as rounded squares, wavy lines, and circles, and then photographing them starts the process for a fun and surprising abstract composition. Using photo editing software, I layer one photo on top of the next, sometimes using the same image, just rotating it 90 degrees. I try out several blending techniques to see which one is able to show each of the layers. When the colors and contrast are just right, the mixture produces an interesting color or new shape. Because of the transparency of the the blending, I can always see the very first image that I started with.