11 January 2016
I. Photographed on Day One
II. Photographed a Week Later Accompanied by a Small Fragment of its Former Self
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Out of clutter, find simplicity.
From discord, find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
In my mind’s search for an image to display macro characteristics, I gazed upon a recent discovery in potted geraniums from last season: a tiny leaf (measuring one and a quarter-inch long) that had moved toward its final phases. As I often do, I carefully brought its body inside to observe its transformation.
Days escaped from its shape and it became the most captivating architectural form: a curled womb-like cocoon that showed autumnal colors, delicate and lightly textured. I could not decide which view–front side or underneath–drew me closer and closer, because each had its eye-catching qualities.
Irresistible effects are seen as a leaf looses its original shape. Its final resting is pronounced with a new eloquence and sophistication. This altered configuration easily garnered my appreciation and attention. It also is a signpost of nature’s nourishment for renewal: a single leaf that decomposes and returns nutrients to the earth as well as forecasts rejuvenation of Mother Nature’s offerings.
Those aspects of nature are the tip of various elements that pull me into her magic. The symbiosis between the waving of Mother Nature’s wand and the mimicking of human nature’s hand enters my thoughts. We work to emulate her gifts. We work to understand our integration into her presence–a presence that encircles most of our lives.
Frequently, my respect for nature’s abundant majesty finds me nonplussed at the smallest and grandest examples of her glory (and all that’s runs across the continuum of its omnipresence). Sometimes the simplest and tiniest can bring the most startling of pleasures. The one geranium leaf is such a profound reward; the geranium leaf is such a sweet notification of all that is possible and true.
Tip of the Week:
As I was creating the above short essay, I decided to show an example of how nature influences our creativity. Austrian architect Nikolay Hristov Ivanov finds nature the quintessential role model. His work can be characterized as sustainable contemporary designs. For example, he uses the complex structure of a leaf as the spark to make a Phyllon LED lamp. His computer-simulated creations use natural patterns to create micro climates. They are breathtakingly intriguing and inventive. Click here to read more about this sample of his work.
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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.