Words Can’t Begin to Describe….

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

4 thoughts on “Words Can’t Begin to Describe….

  1. I think what is and is not art is up for debate. So I will just say this. I this the picture!

  2. How interesting it is that we spend a life trying to master the best possible focus on a subject and when it comes to some are we do just the opposite. This makes for a very interesting outcome, neat!
    Marty B

    • I guess my response would be that the “best possible focus” isn’t necessarily tack sharp throughout. The best possible is the focus that you want – just as I mentioned in the section on exposure that the “correct” exposure is the exposure you want and not what the camera designer thought that you should have. 😉

      It would be a dull world if every image had identical exposure and focus. Varying things up is what makes it fun.

  3. I’m really impressed by this image. It reminds me of Georgia O’Keefe…
    Phyllis

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