I made this digital collage after reading a wonderful poem by Phillip Ellis called, "A Villanelle on Loss". The poem was very inspiring; specifically these two verses:
"...My heart, discoloured by stains,
is seemingly about to stall,
barely leached by ten years of rains.
Memories haunt, as ghosts of pains
long gone; through rooms and halls
ten years gone, an ache remains."
I thought this grungy background was a good representation of the heart discolored by stains. The damaged filmstrip and the ghostly doll at the broken window serve as the haunted memories.
I found these wonderful Photoshop brushes at: http://www.brusheezy.com/brushes.