Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice-Photomontage (Banana Leaves)

26 September 2016


Taken in Camera+ and Edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

Banana Leaves Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Banana Leaves Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

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For those who thrive in spring, summer and autumn, this time of year is bittersweet. While there are still touches of summer lingering across the landscape, autumn’s arrival forecasts  winter’s notion of dormancy and quiet and less vibrancy in nature. Currently, animals are readying for hibernation, birds are winging it on their migration route, spent perennials await their fate, decaying leaves act as fodder, and the reduction of daylight begins.

In a few months winter’s greater number of grey days will play havoc with my inner world. While there can be picturesque scenes in winter, a frosty feeling runs through me at the thought of another frigid and sunless winter.

Still, the change in the sun’s angle and thus temperatures is necessary for the health of the planet, even if they toy with many of us. So I keep my spirits upward contemplating: the sun casting its brilliance through naked trees, leaves piling onto my gardens for spring nourishment, plotting next year’s gardens, new seasons’ gems and gifts to photograph, hiking in regional parks (which I avoid in tick season), adventuring with family and friends, and taking short trips to new vistas. Oh, and curling up with a stack of books on those grey days. There is much to experience even if the exterior world challenges.

In the Lens section is a composite image that combines leaves of two different banana trees. Each boosts its hues and yet shows wear from the heat and winds of spring and summer. Some leaves continue to be proud and exuberant, while others are browning on the edges, even torn and shredding. I wanted the photomontage to show how seasons overlap and still continue to be themselves, and at the same time begin to become something else.

Autumnal changes fill the soul with introspection and wondering. Change is the element that all seasons share. Change becomes the equalizer. Change becomes the bedfellow.

Change becomes the instigator of possibilities that this year will bring new promise that humans will come together to create a more sustainable world–a world that echoes mine where four seasons continually exist in time and space.

Tip of the Week:

“It takes time to see these pictures [because] you can look at them for a long time, they invite that sort of looking. But more importantly, I realize that this sort of picture came closer to how we actually see, which is to say, not all at once but rather in discrete, separated glimpses which we then build up into our continuous experience of the world.” ~~ David Hockney

David Hockney (b. 1937, British) is one of the most well-known painters of the twentieth century, and is praised for continually reinventing himself as an artist. While working in the 1970s and 1980s with Polaroid images, he created a series of photographic composites that he coined “joiners.” Hockney decided to build up an image to create a print that resembles what he imagined, and simultaneously using the same techniques as he did in painting. He wanted to show the passage of time that he thought was lacking in a traditional photograph. He took many instant Polaroids and arranged them to represent his idea of the completed journey in time and space. He pieced together the selected images to create a whole. His process was a salute to the influence of Cubism on his work as well his fascination with optics. To view his joiners, click here.

Example of Joiners by David Hockney

Example of “Joiners” by David Hockney

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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.

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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, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

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18 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice-Photomontage (Banana Leaves)

  1. Maria F. says:

    I like these a lot!

  2. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely post Sally – here in the south we avoid winter but we do miss autumn’s colors and smells. As always, you gotta give something to get something, right?

  3. Nato says:

    I love the overlap of seasons and blend of visions. I do love fall but winter I am happy to experience quickly. Being in the south, I have that lucky option too. I hope your fall and winter are full of great shots and wonderful books.

  4. Suzanne says:

    What wonderful image and such heartfelt writing about change and the state of the planet. I really enjoyed reading it.

  5. thirdeyemom says:

    Gorgeous Sally! I too am very impacted by the changing light and lack of color of winter. I do enjoy it but it is so long in Minnesota. I miss the beauty of the colors. Beautiful post and photo.

  6. Back home after a good weekend in Philly. The colors in the photo are wonderful and the delicate layers are beautiful. I hope you have a marvelous week, Sally.


  7. Angeline M says:

    Sally, this photo montage is,for me, the most beautiful of all you’ve posted. Your thoughts on the montage showing the changing seasons and how they overlap and change, but still remain the same is of the essence.
    I’m still away from home, so won’t be posting for another little while. Have a wonderful week.

  8. Amy says:

    That is a beautiful interpretation of change via your pens. I love the photo of the banana leaves. Beautiful lighting!

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