Covid Creativity: 26Sept2021

by Milo Smith

I was at loose ends recently and decided that shooting the many houseplants Yvonne has around the house might be a little creative. I photographed and manipulated many images but here are 5
as an example.

First, I shot this Jade plant in colour as I usually do.

Jade, basic shot

But it is not striking enough.

I then made it a negative image and intensified the colours.

Jade, coloured negative

I liked the ghostly effect of the negative which makes it appear there is light emanating from within the plant.

I decided to see what it looked like in black and white.

Jade, b&w

Needs punch. So, let’s make it a negative.

Jade, b&w negative

I do like the ghostly effect!

Finally, I decided to colourize the image. It works on both the colour and black and
white and this is one of the many possibilities.

Jade, colourized

So, what have you been doing during Covid? 

Don’t be shy Collectif members, we want to see your work! Send JPG images of work completed since March 2020 to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling more than a year into the Covid experience & how/if creativity helps. 

Give us informative, inspiring show & tell. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt and try to include a suitable illustration of some sort. For all images please include size (height by width), title & media. Thank you!


  1. You’ve inspired me, Milo. I haven’t ‘played’ around with my photos in a while.
    I like what how you’ve modified the original which of itself is quite beautiful.- the coloured negative is my fave.


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