Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. ~Amy Lowell
To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist. ~Schumann
I make no claims to being an artist. Nor will I argue whether a photograph can be art – or not. However, my images with which I am most pleased are the ones that create a certain “Je ne sais quoi” emotion within me when seen in the viewfinder – which seems to fit Amy Lowell’s criteria.
Words can’t begin to describe the beauty of nature as depicted in this abstract of shapes, colors and tones.
Words Fail – beau·ty (byt) n. 1. The quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is associated with such properties as harmony of form or color, excellence of artistry, truthfulness, and originality.
Although this image satisfies most or all of the parts of this dictionary definition, the definition falls well short of expressing what I felt.
To keep this post within the realm of our current photography improvement subject, composition, note the –
- Placement of the main subject with the frame
- Framing of the subject by the soft sensuous line
- Use of contrasting colors to “pop” the subject
- Use of selective focus to eliminate any & all distractions
- Hint of background at the top to further enhance the curved shape/line framing the subject
Image was made yesterday when my camera took me down a path less traveled, ten feet outside my front door, where I spent a delightful hour making images of my first calla lily of the season. Dahlias are close behind – many more paths to travel & worlds of beauty to explore. Grab your camera and take your own journey.