09 November 2015
I. Taken with Camera+ and Post Processed in Mextures
2. Taken with Camera+ and Post Processed in Romantic
Let me know which you prefer and why. Click to enlarge each image.
Even in her most articulate moments (wind stirring my senses, rain tapping at my soul, birds awakening me early morning, currents of the creek catching my attention, acorns bounding on the earth) Mother Nature is seemingly more silent than loud. But we are hearing her plea more and more. I often feel that her extravagant behavior (through climate change) is not only a result of human interference, but a way for her to get our undivided attention. Yes, I am a dreamer.
Last week my hopes were enlivened by the axing of the pipeline from Canada through parts of the United States. Thank you President Obama. Certainly, this decision is a moment to exhale a huge relief for our planet and its inhabits, but mostly for younger generations and those yet to be born.
One witness to the earth’s metamorphosis and turmoil is the remarkable Ginkgo tree. She must have exhaled too.
Ginkgos can boast a genealogy of millions of years, yet it depends on its appearance to grace our lives and city streets. “We” are drawn to their unusual fan-like leaves that seem to beg for acceptance with their eloquent shaped edges that are curvy and scalloped. The Chinese were the first to cultivate these trees, and eventually even used its seeds for medicinal use. The tree’s longevity astounds.
Nature’s generosity is exemplified in this Old World tree. The Ginkgo, which is prevalent in my small town, seems to have a greater presence during the current season. Its autumnal portrait seems to stir my attention with scores of leaves that act as a ground cover. Once fallen I notice individual leaves curling and turning into a kaleidoscope of sun-streaked and orange-stained colors. In spring and summer their usual green leaves tend to hide unique qualities, because the tree becomes one medium-sized canopy of greenery. You really must must move into a macro view to see what is available for our visual appetites.
In the Lens section are two examples of autumnal Ginkgo leaves. Each taken a week apart. The first image (with assistance from the app Mextures) displays the turning colors of autumn. The second image is the first phase of the Ginkgo leaf’s change: a yellow that pulls a viewer into its simple character.
When I move closer and closer to the tree, abstractions burst into view. They are as cunning in their non-representational form as in the sum of their parts. Each leaf is visually pure with a serene sanctuary for the eye and the mind.
Tip of the Week:
While the still image (e.g., drawing, photograph) contains a wealth of commentary about the world that the image-maker sees, the moving picture (e.g., film, video) is just as revealing in similar and different ways. One of my favorite movies is Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire” (1987). It’s monochromatic format adds to the storyline that rivets the heart and soul. As I thought about that deeply felt production, I was reminded why I watch film after film after film. The juxtaposition of still to moving is a lesson in reality as well as virtual creations.
Here is a thought-provoking comment by Wenders, who uses film to communicate his ideas about image-makers and the process of seeing: “The most political decision you make is where you direct people’s eyes. In other words, what you show people, day in and day out, is political…And the most politically indoctrinating thing you can do to a human being is to show him, every day, that there can be no change.” ~~ The Act of Seeing by Wim Wenders (1945, German filmmaker)
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As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.
If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming 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, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.