This is actually a digital alteration of a photo taken of a shelf and mirror in an apartment I lived in just over 20 years ago. My photography has never been particularly skilled - mostly I've just used it over the years to explore design and layout questions, or to record bits of daily life that strike me as beautiful in the moment, or to document patterns and ideas for reference to use in later art projects. Often, I'm just interested in patterns of light and dark, reflections and refractions. This means that I tend to photograph still life images, or plant life, since they stay still longer than people and animals, or if I'm photographing the latter it's casual photography meant to capture the subject in day-to-day moments, rather than posed.
This particular photo was meant to capture a combination of light and reflection along with sets of parallel lines created by the objects hanging from the shelf, which include multiple Native American objects that influenced my choice of this image for today's blog, given the increasingly dire situation at Standing Rock and the afore-mentioned music in my head.
The filters that I've used on this image do distort our view of these objects, and that was a deliberate choice on my part. While it can certainly be taken to reflect our country's distorted views of Native cultures, it's also simply part of my preference for working with digital images - warping elements of an image allows me to try on alternate visual possibilities in order to see things differently. Abstraction has long been a potent creative tool to change our perceptions, so a lot of my digital work is currently focused on that.