Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (Autumn and Photomontage Series)

03 October 2016


Nature Series-Autumn Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Autumn, Photomontage Series; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

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Literally and figuratively the winds of change have arrived. Along with a sharp drop in temperatures over the last week, there has been an infusion of winds and thus multiple single and clusters of fallen leaves–leaves seemingly scattered everywhere.

This profusion of leaves that have been separated from their trees (before their time) is an opportunity to observe and scout. So far there have been no candidates for meditation or photo shoots. Patience continues its duty.

Autumn brings with it the mood of contemplation with its widespread alteration of the physical landscape. Over the last few months my turning toward photomontage has awakened a new way to see nature and photography and thus autumnal arrival.

As I delve further and further into the technique of composite images–images blended from one or more photographs, I am coerced and steered to portray nature as more representative of time—time that reflects more than the moment, more than the eye can hold in that moment.

The ramifications of this dive into another way to see photography has opened me to experimentation and more experimentation, liberating my inner lens with reflective musings. But more importantly, that inner lens has risen closer to the surface. It has become more attuned to what I subconsciously and, to an extent, consciously have been aligning my images: to show not the destruction by human nature, but the omnipresence and majesty of Mother Nature. 

In the Lens section is my latest photomontage: an abstraction of autumn’s fancy, good fortune as well as fiery plight. The image seems to show a leaf that might come from the tree behind it, not at all its reality. But as an image maker I wanted to show a view of my interpretation of what autumn means and can be.

Autumnal charm reckons with design and graphic, and at the same time steers our eye to the bare future of winter. Still it displays the genuine beauty of seasonal moments of  change with its emotional and physical fortress through time and space.

Tip of the Week: While my work does not show the destruction of nature, there are compelling reasons to educate others about the reality of human intervention into Mother Nature’s realm. A recent advertising campaign used digital art to launch billboards with the theme: “Destroying nature is destroying us.” The campaign was created by the advertising agency Grabarz & Partner to help support the advocacy of the German nonviolent activist group Robin Wood. The ads are used to raise awareness about deforestation, forest fires, melting ice caps, and its effects upon natural habitats.

This advertising campaign features three disappearing animals: a deer, Capuchin monkey and polar bear. Each represents the demise of these creatures, and also shows how animals have been affected by habitat destruction.

What is most impressive is the use of digital art, especially double exposure, in a photo-realistic style that instantly tells the story through visuals. To view the ads, click here.

"Destroying Nature," Advertising Campaign by Grabarz-& Partner for the foundation Robin Wood, 2016

“Destroying Nature,” Advertising Campaign by Grabarz & Partner for the foundation Robin Wood, 2016

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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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36 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (Autumn and Photomontage Series)

  1. raju mang says:

    Super beauty flower.

  2. Madhu says:

    Superb processing Sally! Love the textures. Thanks for the link to the destroying nature campaign. We are indeed our own worst enemies 😦

  3. This is really lovely Sally-to me, it is what energy could look like if we could see it in a natural form. Am really enjoying your photo montages-Autumn is my favorite season and I am always amazed at the art that nature provides for us to view-

  4. RMW says:

    Beautifully delicate image…

  5. Maria F. says:

    Lots of texture here.

  6. Suzanne says:

    What an intriguing image. It is really beautiful.

  7. beautiful design and yes, a great read and message Sally!

  8. A wonderful photo, accompanying a poignant text about how we human beings seem to be unable to take care of Mother Nature.

  9. badfish says:

    Lovely photo…and very interesting writing. I guess things change and things get destroyed, maybe that’s the way of all things? Just seems sad about destroying ourselves (but maybe that’s best for the planet?)

    • The saddest part is that we can actually do something to reverse or at least maintain the current habitats and health of the planet. As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

      • badfish says:

        I think I just erased your commment on my blog…I can’t find it now. But thanks. And right, you’d think we could or should do something. But then, the other side is that the world has gone through enormous changes in its 5 billion years, maybe it is supposed to change?? Hard to get through a day without a rationalization!

      • It’s part of the human condition to rationalize. Enjoy every moment of your travels.

  10. nowathome says:

    I like your image.

  11. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful image Sally. And thanks for the ad link. Sad and powerful images.

  12. You’re really doing lovely things with the photomontage effect, Sally. Except for the obvious leaves, the shot reminds me of dendrites in the body. Always fun.


  13. Ulli says:

    Dear Sally, your autumn-pic is great, really great!

  14. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Your photo is very well done, Sally. Is that a butterfly in the middle of the flower?
    Thanks, too, for the link to the ad campaign. The artwork really drives the message home.

  15. MissKymmiee says:

    Totally worth the read 😍 loved it.

  16. Tish Farrell says:

    What an arresting image, Sally. So many layers of meaning.

  17. Amy says:

    Beautifully done, Sally! Love the effect. 🙂 Mine should be up the next minutes.

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