Saturday, November 22, 2008

November 22, 2008


Colors seen by candle-light
Will not look the same by day.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

4 comments:

emprint said...

I love your blog and hope you can keep it up. I'll check every day. I look at your pictures and wonder if we both took a picture or the same thing, how different would they be? Your pictures are usually soft, subtle, and quiet. Mine are usually up front and in your face.

Jane Dunnewold said...

In the next few days maybe I'll try to make a photo that is up front and "in your face". I LOVE the responses I have been getting to this process and how it makes me THINK. Thank you for taking time to write to me.

Jane Dunnewold said...

... Or wouldn't it be great to figure out a subject several people could photograph - so we could post all the images and compare notes?

I am still trying to reconcile myself to the limitations of the blog template - although I've figured out some interesting ways around it. But if we keep communicating and I keep figuring things out, we all win.

Ann Graham said...

I like your idea of several people photographing a subject. For example, the commenter who was affronted by the letters carved in the tree trunk... think of all the people we have known or seen with scars of all varieties on their skin. Some self induced, others by accident or other misfortune (a skin condition for example). Isn't it the role of the artist to acknowledge these scars - no matter what the underlying reason? How about branding of animals - same thing.

November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008

How does color set a mood? The soft gray and white of the carpet, the cat Marshall, and the sunlit window contribute to to the sense of calm repose. What does blue mean to you or me? We all have symbolic associations for colors; some based on personal experience and some instilled culturally. 

The cobalt blue of the vase provides a point and counterpoint to the composition, in addition to providing elements that balance.
Keeping the cat in the lower third of the composition weights the image and is another visual door into the picture world.

November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008

This picture tells several stories. It references the human desire to order the world around us - the lettering on the wall establishes the alley as a No Parking zone, and the broken glass-  jutting out at the top - is another message of fear and frailty. Whoever lives behind this wall wants to be left alone.

But there is beauty in the contrast of the rough brick surface and the smooth translucency of the broken glass bottles. A contrast of textures makes for an interesting composition. And the abstract nature of the printed letters against the structure of the bricks would be worth emulating in another sort of composition.

There is as much beauty in decay as there is in a bouquet of fresh flowers. And aren't decay and fresh growth just two different spots on the same continuum?



November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008

The Hydrangeas offer a lesson in the effective use of color. The pale blue and lavender are roughly the same value, so they balance each other beautifully. I am challenged to mimic that combination of analogous colors on silk Habotai!

This photograph would be considered beautiful even without the red-orange and yellow flowers at the bottom. But the addition of the complements to the blue and purple creates a focal point and generates some nice contrast because of the complementary pairing. And imagine how different this composition would be, were the red-orange and yellow at the top instead of at the bottom. The current placement adds important visual weight.

November 17, 2008

November 17, 2008

November 16, 2008

November 16, 2008
Being and Non-being

Substance and Light

November 16, 2008

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside 
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the space inside
that holds whatever we want.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.

Tao te Ching; Verse 11
Stephen Mitchell translation