The art of VSCO

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Up until two year ago I looked at photos around the internet and always wondered how people make such beautiful bright captures from anything. Nature, still life, architecture, people or just ordinary daily life. It obsessed me, because my own (iphone) photos always looked dark and yellow.

I soon realized it was not only my own lack of photographic talent, it was also my not knowing about photo edit apps. I googled, scrolled and finally contacted someone with gorgeous bright daily life pictures. That someone was Madelon. Seriously.

She told me about apps like Snapseed, VSCO and Afterlight. I downloaded them immediately, paid for all the extra options and withdrew myself from any social contact for rest of the week. Filters, brightness, saturation, highlights, skin tone, rotation, I sucked it all up. God this creative outlet made me so happy. Suddenly my boring yellow everyday snapshots looked worth showing.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked my life the way it was, even if it looked yellowish, the objects of my shots were all I even wanted (man, baby, home). I just wanted the visuals to be a little bit brighter. Enhancing the look of it was and still is part of creating something.

Nobody would call it art, that’s for sure, but for me it sort of is. No, rephrase, it just IS art. If you look up the definition of art you’ll find this: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Voila! So if you didn’t already, now you know how my pictures end up the way they do. A hint of a filter and turning up brightness, maybe a little contrast or temperature it is. My real life on the other hand is still the same as it always was, perfectly imperfect. I wouldn’t trade the world.

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PS 1. Because you probably know how part of my everyday life looks, let me show you some photos I made while travelling before J became part of our lives. The VSCO version. Of course.

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