On December 20th I published this photo of a gate. Somehow, when I was writing the post for the next day, I accidentally deleted it. I am still challenged by this process! In any event, it was such a favorite photo of mine I decided to add it to today's post, so it could still be enjoyed.
Someone commented on the image, inquiring as to whether I was using pictures of red and green that I disliked. On the contrary! Since the red/green complementary combination is my personal least favorite I deliberately set out to find compositions in which I did like the color combination. The gate was one of those images. I thought it interesting that of the comments made, some found the gate welcoming and happy, while others characterized the gate as menacing. Once again, a fascinating sampling of personal response to visual elements. And by the way, I apologize for losing the comments when I lost the post. They were most welcome.
The new image also pleases me. As a fan of Georgia O'Keefe, I love close-up shots of flowers, even if the genre veers toward cliche. And since my primary motivation this week is to share a series of pictures where red and green play effective roles, this picture is worth posting.
The petals of the flower and the middle design of the gate seem almost a study in soft/hard.
I also find the gate picture interesting in how inviting it is with the gate partially open and then to see the forbidding spikes saying 'keep away'.
Or maybe I just see thing in opposites....
I just adore the flower, but that gate: makes me feel like Hell is just inside! LOL I hope that this is as close as I ever get to those gates (into Hell, that is!).
Wonderful pictures though. I hate that I've been so busy that I haven't kept up with your posts!
Hope you had a joyful and peaceful holiday.
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