08 December 2014
Let me know which you prefer and why. Click onto each photograph to enlarge.
While many, many states suffer from drought and low water tables, in the Mid Atlantic we’re watching puddles float across lawns, mushrooms appearing in pine needles, leaves decaying faster, chilling temps, and the grey, grey of sunless rainy days.
During mid-week on a cloudy and dark morning I decided to walk to the end of a curved road that nestles a church and its cemetery. When I arrived, the mood of the day forced me to notice the weathered wall that meandered on all sides of the graveyard.
From afar the wall serves its purpose as a deterrent to trespassers. But as you near its once white-washed surface, its character is revealed. I became completely engaged with decay and crumbling surfaces. Each step around the border of the cemetery had me notice yet another abstract coloration. I imagined Tom Sawyer coming to the rescue to fill the cracks, scrub the mold, scrape the peeling paint, and generally labor over each stage of the wall’s deterioration.
I was struck by every discovery on the aging surfaces. Muted colors were strongly provocative. Holes carved from fallen stone and lines of decay added a punch that otherwise would be “just” a sign of keep out.
Nature provided the brushstrokes that changed the colors from cement greys and whites to blacks, greens, oranges, and browns. Pale to sharper hues, the length of the wall was continuously lined with variations on these themes.
This discovery was uplifting. Nature had transformed this plain wall into a series of non-representational visions and clever displays of decomposition. With our sunless days I felt rays of light being cast from nature’s paintings.
In the Lens section are the images that show the magic of the wall’s lure. I was attracted to nature’s hand: her ability to alter the expected into the unexpected. The results are a limitless series of macro images–images that continue to change designs as the weather moves across and into the surface of the wall.
Tip of the Week: Brazilian photographer Eleonora Di Primo records nature without details. She provides the simplest of interpretations. Di Primo’s macro photography brings the viewer into the world of the unseen. Her work can be viewed here. Hope that you enjoy it.
Other entries for this week’s challenge:
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If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.