As a rule, I'm not a big fan of heavily altered photos. That said, I've developed an appreciation for digital art - when a photograph is taken and manipulated so that it no longer looks like a traditional photo. Like HDR, for example (which I can't do to save my life). The effect can be stunning, and I admire people who can do it well. But I don't think it can be called "photography" at that point - it's digital art.
And that's what I consider the images in this gallery. Yes, the bases are photos, but by the time I've finished playing with them, there's no way you could mistake them for a regular old photograph.
I'm still fairly new to this kind of thing, and I only use one Photoshop filter at the moment - Fractalius. It's such a flexible tool and has so many options that I can't seem to get enough of trying out new combinations and settings. So if you like this kind of thing, keep an eye on this gallery - I'll be updating regularly, I think.
In April 2008, I spent a wonderful week in Paris with my mom. I absolutely loved it - felt very at home there. Unfortunately, I'd hurt my back just before this trip, which kept me from doing some of the things I would've liked to do - like climbing the stairs up the Notre Dame bell tower to get a closer look at the gargoyles I became so obsessed with. Some day I'd like to go back with my husband and do the things I missed out on last time.