Nine out of ten photographic captures I compile will be digitally altered to make art, and in each case I ask myself, 'how far will I go'.
I was attracted by the crisp lines and vibrant colors of a Mexican restaurant. Those lines themselves are the focal point, but once I'd worked with those lines the question became, 'what else will I do'. The color hues seemed an obvious step - make the sky orange and add a gradient. Turn the red lines to light pink. Or maybe turquoise. Or lavender. Throw texture over all of it - some sort of a spatter. How much would simply be detraction?
In the end I left it with just a few elemental steps - just enough to clearly define the work as digitally enhanced art - that would be enough. Let the photographic eye dominate; leave the final brush strokes to the beholder.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.