After a long search through the dictionary, I found the word rutilate, which means to shine or emit rays of light. I took it into a more literal sense, where people live out their lives on a lightbulb. This can also be thought of as our planet being a light in the dark, one of very few planets being able to support life. The human race just so happened to be the ones to end up here, and someday that light will go out. Also light can mean sunshine, which is equated to two things, daytime, and summertime, which is why everyone is happy and the kids are playing around.
The people, the house, and their reflections on the light were not difficult to include. It was trying to make it seem like the light was coming from the ground the objects stood upon was the difficult part. Needed to add two layers of levels adjustments, one for the light on the bottom and one for the shadows on the top. The house looks decent having it’s shadows on top and most of the light on the bottom. The people however seem to have the same amount of light throughout their entire body, with no shadows on top.
For this image I went off the concept that paradise does not exist, that there will not always be good in people’s lives, and simply that bad things just happen and we can’t do anything about it. The high rising palm tree on the island is to represent paradise, a place of perfection. I kept the island and tree off center, while at the same time placing a coconut on the other side to give the image asymmetrical balance. To get the effect of the coconut floating in the water, I simply turned down the opacity on both the ripples in the water, and the reflection of the coconut. The dark clouds are to represent the uncontrollable bad things in life that happen to everyone at some point.
The hardest part of creating this image was the clouds. There are not a lot of side view pictures of clouds, so I had to improvise, taking multiple pictures of clouds from both the below and above, and then blending them all together to create the illusion of the tree going through a cloud. I ended up with about 2 layers of storm clouds and 3 layers of light clouds.
The idea of nature outlasting humans and overtaking their creations has always been interesting to me. But whenever it is depicted it is over a large area like a city being covered in grass and vines, and I thought that was too broad. So I decided to put the idea of nature taking over into people’s homes.