This was an interesting challenge for IA and while I had an idea of what I wanted to accomplish, I don't feel I completed it as successfully as I hoped. However, it's Thanksgiving eve and I have stuff to do! so it's going to be good enough for now.
I love rusty old textured machinery or peeling paint wood, etc and my mind immediately went to that as my view of aged beauty. But I wanted to explore layering other elements - I see so many really effective digi collages, but mine always feel to cluttered if I add more than one thing. So for this, one addition.
The original photos:
Blended, my Aged Beauty became this:
No textures were added this time - I just duplicated the car (it's a crumpled fender) shot a couple times: soft light 45%, hard light 75% and then layered the sunflower in with hard light 52% and duplicated it at soft light 37%.
So many folks have such creative interpretations of this theme, it's worth your time to visit Inspiration Ave. This project is also AEDM #24 - so visit other committed artists (or artists who should be committed for taking on this challenge in November of all times!) here.