A couple of weeks ago, I attempted to create some bokeh compositions of flowers that had fallen off our Crape Myrtle tree and onto our outdoor umbrella. They turned out beautifully (I think), so I thought it would be fun to continue with this series and experiment (or maybe even, eventually, compose a compiled series of these images over time).
Yesterday, I noticed that the same, scattered pink array of fallen flower petals had transformed into a dried and wilted arrangement. They were still beautiful; but it was a different kind of beautiful. As summer comes to a close, I know that more of the beautiful flowers I’ve driven by day after day, throughout the summer, will soon all fall to the earth and wilt. The cycle of life; the cycle of a tree. Our world and the nature that surrounds is so miraculous, and it amazes me more each time I observe pieces of it in detail. Delicate, live works of art, surrounds us everywhere. I love that I have a photographic document showcasing fragments of this tree’s life cycle… I love that, in my previous experiment, the flowers were fresh off the branches and, after a couple of weeks, this process presents me with new ideas for compositions for the colors have dulled and the petals have wilted; a similar, but uniquely separate viewpoint.
I climbed on top of a low, flagstone wall to take these photographs and, right as I was about to start shooting, my aviator sunglasses fell off. At first I was annoyed but, since it happened, I thought I’d add them to the arrangement of fallen subject matter to photograph. My beach photographs turned out so well, that I thought I’d carry on with that idea for a few shots. I probably should have grabbed a step ladder to stand on, but the wall and chair I had worked ok (I was only slightly lower than I desired)… so I worked with it. In my only college studio art course I took at Agnes Scott, I had to render an abstract drawing/ representation of the word “scattered.” I had so much trouble, while experimenting on the thumbnail scale, because I am a very ordered type of person. I had extreme difficulty rendering a composition of scattered that looked scattered… my thumbnails looked “placed” and ordered. My professor urged me to photograph scattered objects and, with the help of my blind contour drawing skills, I eventually produced a composition that the class agreed looked “scattered.” Anyways, the point of this is that project is forever on my mind. I cannot escape all the hard work and drive I put into a little old intro-level art class project. But, I loved the results and that is all that matters. Therefore, I enjoy photographing things that naturally look scattered; such as these dried flowers. I am really enjoying putting my camera in manual mode. I think my photographs turn out better because I am forced to use more brainpower and thought to create compositions; more so, say, than I would in auto mode. Maybe that’s just me… but it is a fun challenge and makes you appreciate an automatic focus function! I hope you enjoy these photographs and please feel free to leave any and all feedback… and, if you are interested in seeing my previous bokeh, flower petal photographs… you can click HERE. Enjoy!
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