A Place for sharing inspiration and creative ideas

Copyright Maria L. Berg. All rights reserved.


So far, this year has been all about bokeh. The definition of bokeh is: "the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens." Bokeh is usually seen as circular colored dots in a background created by city lights. However, it can also be seen as shapes created by capturing light through a lens filter.

I have been having a blast with this! I have been creating all kinds of filters and using Christmas lights inside and light reflected off moving water outside. I've finally mastered creating bokeh around a clear subject and am exploring this technique to bring a new magic to the next Gator McBumpypants picture book.


At the beginning of this year, I discovered a bunch of literary magazines that fit with my short stories and finally had success with my queries. I wrote a lot about it on experiencewriting.com. I especially enjoy Fictional Pairings. They pair music with short fiction. Now that so many of my short stories are published, I need to write more.

Over the next couple months, I'll be taking a photography workshop online through CalArts on coursera.org. The instructor is very animated and so far the assignments and readings have been great. I look forward to sharing my improved poetry.



Sadly, I haven't been musical of late. My Mac died so I lost garage band and this project got put on hold. I really like it though, so I'll leave it up here to inspire. My current music life consists of playing flute in the church when asked and practicing.

I fell in love with the sound of a cement mixer. The wonderful deep drone increasing and decreasing in volume and depth with the interspersed clicks and clacks of the rotating metal within its frame brings to mind the huge alien ships of Independence Day emerging through the clouds, or the gigantic robots of Pacific Rim.

While listening to the audio book The Naked Voice by Chloe Goodchild, I wondered if the drone of the cement mixer could work for me like the drone sound from a harmonium worked for her singing work. So I recorded a cement mixer to MP3.

This project is many fold and may go on for a long time. One aspect is to play with the sound of the cement mixer, try different effects, different loops, different tonal qualities. Another aspect of the project is to use it as an instrument which could be the harmonium to vocalize over, part of a haunting soundtrack I want to create including my theremin, or something completely different.