Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February 18, 2009

5 comments:

Clairan said...

I love the visual confusion of this image. It looks like a waterfall. My eyes go straight down, and wander all around caught by the other light colored, watery shapes. It looks like a fiber collage!

Jackie said...

I am confused. Usually the source of the image doesn't matter much, but my confusion pushes me to decode this one. I think it's inverted and a reflection. I am, alas, not much taken with it, but I do enjoy the values--the darkness overcoming the center and the water(?) cutting through it with a glow. I also appreciate the luminous spring green against the dark and near the water. Will you please interpret this image? Just for our curiosity? Thank you for stirring up the pot a bit with something quite different!

Louise said...

I believe it's an intentially double exposure and in one there is movement (not sure how the camera captures those images - rapid shutterspeed perhaps?)

Fay's Fun said...

For me, this is a beautiful, interesting, almost compelling, balanced and yes, peaceful photo. Once the brain was satisfied with the "one click to the left and very low aspect", it was perfectly happy just to dwell in the dark water and admire the texture and tones of the green ferns and the drying grass. thanks :-]]

Jane Dunnewold said...

It's another reflection shot - taken through glass at the San Diego Zoo. If it is at all comforting, when I rotated it, I wasn't even sure which side was the real side and which was the reflection, But no double exposure or anything fancy - just the basic shot on my simple digital camera!

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