Lens-Artists Challenge: Seasonal

Winter in Wisconsin can be very monochromatic. I do tend to feel SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), and remind myself to take Vitamin D and get outside on any day when the sun shines. The challenge is to embrace this fact and celebrate it. So then why not embrace all the seasons in monochrome? It seems counter-intuitive, for the colors of the rest of the seasons are, I think, their most spectacular features. But a challenge should be challenging. Can I find visual interest in photos of all the seasons without color? Let’s find out.
Here we go…WINTER.

SPRING…

SUMMER…

and FALL. 

You know what? That was pretty fun. I do mourn the loss of color, but without it, I appreciate form, texture, and contrast all the more.
Thank you, Tina, for hosting this seasonal challenge!

Photography 101: Architecture

I notice something about my architecture preferences.  I don’t have very many shots of modern, abstract, minimalist architecture.  I prefer old buildings, old styles which mirror nature in their profusion of contrasting textures, lines and patterns.  I suppose I find the clean and “techie” look sterile and scientific.  It’s just not me.  I’m not Danish modern.  I’m Victorian, more likely, all gingerbread and painted lady.  My mother would shake her head,  “Just more difficult to dust.”  Who dusts, anyway? 😉

(go ahead and click on these for a bigger view)

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

Yucca curl - ancestral pueblo people used these fibers for many purposes.

Yucca curl

You might think that desert living is minimalist living.  I mean, what’s out there?  How do you survive on nothing? (see my post “Wilderness and the Myth of Nothing” here).  Native ancestral pueblo dwellers made a lot of useful things out of the very simple materials in their environment.  Like yucca fibers.  They’re strong and fine.  Sandals, baskets, and rope were made from them.  The rest of the plant was used for even more things like shampoo and paintbrushes.  Yeah, paintbrushes.  They had time for art in their ‘minimal’ lives.  Go figure.