15 August 2016
I. Photomontage Converted to Black and White: Taken in Camera+, edited in Snapseed and Pixlr
II. Photomontage Prior to Conversion to Black and White: Taken in Camera+, edited in Snapseed and Pixlr
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Reflections of raindrops linger throughout the day and night, throughout the seasons, throughout life’s seesaw-ing moments. They infiltrate my visual journey. Instinctively, I watch for those mirroring formations. I survey my universe in a discreet manner, really not consciously. When I stumble upon or serendipitously discover various formations of those tiny globes, I am lured, attentive to their mysterious performances.
Months ago while the sun cast its light upon afternoon droplets that were clinging to the garden’s bounty, I was drawn to a single stem with a duet of reflections. Each droplet seem to hold the universe in its interior. The world inside seemed a microcosm that incited inspection. Sometimes that world is so simple that it is extraordinary in its plainness. Those tiny spheres revealed a microcosm of nature, one that inspired inventiveness and playfulness.
In the Lens section is an original photograph (#2) of a photomontage made from the combination of a summer’s sunset and those two droplets. The two images blended together as though meant to accompany each other’s journey, mostly in my head.
Reflections conjure more than what is before our visual awareness. They ask us to go deeper into our psyche and search for meaning, to not necessarily take the image for face value.
As I combined the two images, the reflections with their small earthscapes reminded me of the fragility and strength of the land. Those water droplets exemplify the confluence between nature and human nature.
While the globe of cosmic space would be real whether I saw it or not, my recognition of its existence binds our connection. These teeny mirrors express whatever is before them, sizzling or subtlety acknowledging the universe’s dynamics.
Tip of the Week:
Quotes about water that inspire:
“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” ~~ Kahil Gibran
“I must go seek dewdrops here, And hang a pearl on every cowslip’s ear.” William Shakespeare
“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” Jacques Cousteau
“Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.” The Buddha
“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was,” ~~ Toni Morrison
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” ~~ Rumi
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