“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” – David Alan Harvey
Soft color, diffused light, water falling as gracefully as a diaphanous gown over the form of a posed dancer – the picture above puts me in a mood of dreamy peace.
In black and white, water and rock are opposing elements. There is work being done, erosion and the exposure of contrasting light.
In this cropped version, the multiple paths of falling water suggest possibilities, nuance, ambiguity, secret diversions. In monochrome, it suggests a kind of sexiness that distorts reality. Our Lens-Artists host, Tina, says, “This week, we’d like you to think about the various ways you create your images. Show us the same subject captured using multiple, different approaches.” Her post shows fabulous examples of her photographic skill. Click HERE to see!
In working with the photo above, I made a couple of discoveries. First, I converted it to black and white, which felt more nostalgic to me. If I had a sepia option, it might make me think of an historic war zone.
Then, I zoomed in for a cropped version and noticed a spider web with intersecting lines that mirrored the angles of the fence material, creating an abstract I hadn’t foreseen.
This abstract evokes philosophical thoughts about boundaries and materials. How resistant are the fences that keep me from crossing into new territory?
“Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.” – Garry Winogrand
This photo exercise yielded some interesting results. I find it worthwhile to experiment with my vision and allow for unexpected rewards. Thank you, Tina, for the challenge!
Today’s prompt says, “With an intuitive approach, I considered the photos’ subject matter and graphic attributes and chose those that resonated with each other, creating cross-dependencies and visual analogies. They’re combinations that tell a story.
The resulting dialogue — they story they tell — is the creation of each viewer’s individual perception.
It’s your turn now: for this week’s challenge, bring together two of your photos into dialogue. What do they say to each other?”
Two photos (you can view them in larger format by clicking on them):
This week’s photo challenge was a tough one for me. The “assignment” was to show “a visual interpretation of one’s vision. A story, captured in a frame.” This seems to me to be something close to photojournalism. I think black and white. I think action, or a reference to action. I look through my portfolio, and most of what I have is nature portraiture and still life. The world through my eyes would seem posed, maybe even inert. Hmmm. This IS a challenge. In order to capture a story, I would have to show more of a scene, not just a subject. The backdrop, the context. That would probably mean I have to be more ready with my camera, “quicker on the draw”, so to speak. I will keep that in mind. Tomorrow, I go to my daughter’s Bridal Shower, and I intend to bring my camera. Maybe I can practice this assignment in that setting. For now, I will give you my best approximation at photojournalism, taken last October on our adventure to “Metaphorical Maine” (which actually turned out to be Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio). Here ’tis: