18 January 2016
Let me know your response to this panorama of trees. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.
Photography, which is one of humanity’s most ingenious inventions, changed the world of art and reality. Painting, for example, had been a source to record what we experienced, remembered and saw. But that early black-and-white stilled frame set a trajectory that not only changed art history, but virtually every form of human interaction from culture to science.
The evolution of the photographic image has gone through many iterations. Today we are privy to the most extraordinary opportunities to create traditional and non-traditional prints. The digital darkroom is a world of infinite creativity. We can express exactly what we see or our impressions of that visual landscape. While using some similar tools as chemical darkroom processing, image makers can choose to safely play digitally with reality.
In early December as autumnal change in light patterns were more and more evident, I ventured to the White Clay Creek—a preserve of substantial natural wonders that is protected state land. I wanted to meditate with the season’s profusion of leafless trees and flowing waters. I also intended to practice with the panorama feature of my iPhone.
More than two hours had passed, and my meanderings shifted back and forth in my mind. The glow of the afternoon light was dramatic and almost palpable. It gave me pause to be able to witness such luminance amidst wild yet quietly serene splendor.
In the Lens section is an image that captures a panorama of trees that line the banks of the White Clay Creek in Delaware. This location (just five minutes from my home) is part of an expansive system that is available to me. It sweeps through acres of parkland that is home to a myriad of wildlife. It spans the tri-state area (Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania), and one can walk days and not finish exploring.
My mission was to show the effects that these untamed lands offer. And so, I gave the original image a more ephemeral, and, at the same time, ethereal patina. This version of what I “saw” exemplifies the tenuous state of Mother Earth. But it also verifies her abundant force and influence, circling my thoughts as I move through each day.
To wander the evergreen tapestry of the wild is to experience a sublime level of understanding about what is available to us. When venturing into nature’s expanse, what unfolds continually humbles me, rewards me, astonishes me.
Tip of the Week:
“The best in nature photography…records both the object and its setting. It arrests, in its normal surroundings, some form of its life, portraying it in a characteristic moment of its existence. Such pictures possess emotional as well as intellectual impact.” Edwin Way Teale, Photographs of American Nature (1972)
One of the twentieth century’s renown literary naturalist was Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980). He wrote seminal books about American nature. Autumn Across America (1956) is one of his four books devoted to the four seasons. He was an award-winning photographer, scientist and writer, receiving the John Burroughs Metal in 1953 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1966. Read more about Teale here.
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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.