A Re-invention of Giant Allium

Eighteen Giant Allium

The Re-Invention of Allium © 2012 Bo Mackison

Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larvae, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? . . . We are all shape-shifters and magical re-inventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.  ~ Diane Ackerman

Shape-shifters? Re-inventors? A caravan of selves?

We are not trapped inside one identity. One brand. We are always undergoing changes, some subtle, some life-altering. Sometimes we choose to change, though that seems to be a harder task. When I think of the many resolutions of change I have made and then discarded, I realize it is much easier to want the change than to live the change.

But I find it thrilling, addicting, fascinating to be a shape shifter, a re-inventor when it comes to photography. I focus on true to life landscape one day, then the next day I seem only able to create a garden of flowers seen only in my imagination until I shape shift them with the help of computer software. Perhaps tomorrow I will be discovering the macro world of a drop of water or the architectural intricacies of a barely standing centuries-old barn.

The garden filled with purple Allium that I photographed in the morning becomes a garden of pinks and yellows, drifting in the wind of change, in the afternoon, and the next morning these same Allium are just a whisper of their original selves, composed upon a background field of yellow and green stripes. I so love to examine a single type of flower, and then change it, following my whims and what-if’s, until the altered photograph appears and I know that is how it must look.

When I see a photograph, and I explode with a whoop of joy, then I know I am creating from deep within. Shape shifting. Re-inventing.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She creates with the camera and the computer.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Gandalf says:

    Awesome re-inventing of the image. I find it fascinating

  2. Wendy B Burton says:

    Bo, I am amazed to observe the changes in you, as with many, that I have seen over the past few years. Your photos, your chosen quotations, the words you use to describe what you are feeling ~ all wonderful. I am so happy to know you. I am so happy to have the opportunity to observe your magic.
    Angel blessings. xo

  3. Joanne Keevers says:

    Yes, it is so much easier to want the change than to live the change, and if the change isn’t right for us, well, we can just go right ahead and change again! I love sharing your shape-shifting travels Bo, and agree with Wendy, when she said she is so happy to have the opportunity to observe your magic. 🙂

  4. Bo Mackison says:

    Never know about shape shifters, Joanne, when they carry a camera and have a computer. LOL. Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate your support.

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