I took this photograph in the woods this evening, of the lowering sun filtered through trees.
Then I filtered the photo and added a frame that lent it an older look.
As the image changed on my computer screen I analysed the feelings it evoked, and eventually it synched with an emotional response I wanted to express.
It reminds me how we change events after we experience them: we add in more hue and contrast or bump up the warmth.
Our memories are refined in the re-telling. Details are zoomed upon and unsightly ugliness cropped out.
Finally, we create the perfect capsule moment. This is what we show to others.
Our version of reality, filtered.