The topic I chose for my blog is “About Me” with a focus on ‘ohana. ‘Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family. While the concept of ‘ohana includes the Western idea of nuclear family of mother, father, and children, it encompasses far more. ‘Ohana includes family members now and those to come—members related by birth, marriage, official and unofficial adoption, and friends so integrated within the family we call them “uncle”, “aunty”, “brother,” or “sister.” ‘Ohana also includes those who have come and gone before us, our deceased and ancestral spirits (aumakua). We all share the same commitment, responsibility, and support of one another. ‘Ohana is a fundamental familial support system vital to Native Hawaiian culture. In keeping with the theme of ‘ohana, I decided to focus on generations of mothers and daughters for my collage. We work together to form the support system for each other. Those pictured in my collage represent only a part of our ‘ohana. The background image is a plumeria because a lei made of these flowers symbolizes the bond between all that is good, and for me represents the bond between the mothers and daughters of our ‘ohana.
When it came to creating the collage, I ran into some technical difficulties. I went to YouTube and did a search for additional tutorials to help me with my problems. My biggest unresolved issue is my background. I could not figure out how to get rid of the white background on the B&W image so I could place it on top of the flowered background. Instead, I had to lay the background over the B&W image. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know in a response to my blog. Otherwise, I may end up starting over…
I edited all the photos using the techniques we learned in the tutorials. I cropped all the pictures and adjusted most of them. From its original form, I separated the now B&W picture from its background. Now I just have to figure out how to “cut her out” so I can lay her image over the background instead of under. My idea was to have my youngest granddaughter as the focal point, surrounded by the others in a “circle of life.” Now, I’m thinking that perhaps there should be a chronological order instead of randomly placed. It’s a good thing this is a work in process.