17 October 2016
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Our engagement with nature is rarely subtle. It sways with the energy of a tropical tree awaiting a storm. With every step we are partners in uncertainty, even as our behavior signals grave concerns. The world is changing quicker than imaginable.
Still, there are moments where I can actually feel so at one with Mother Nature that all else dissolves. The truce between us is real, and I work hard to being there without altering her. I honor her gifts and the privilege to witness her omnipotence and omnipresence.
In the Lens section is yet another photomontage that shows that intersection between nature and human nature. The supports for the bridge that moves through the image on the right is mirrored on the left. That structure crosses through part of the White Clay Creek Preserve and a part of UD campus. Here “we” have cut through quietude and silence to bring students a way to traverse one point to another.
The composite creates shadows of the foliage beaming–shadows that mirror the human condition’s role in climate change. It’s the story of humankind: a story that is never black and white.
Tip of the Week:
Portuguese self-taught photographer Pedro Quintela is an educator and storyteller. Most of his work centers around cityscapes, nature and travel. Quintela work can be found on 500px (click here) and you can also read his article, “6 Ways to Stay Motivated and Inspired with Your Photography” (click here).
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2nd Monday: Macro.
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Love the abstract feel of the photo Sally. Took me a while to figure out that was caused by more shadows and reflections. Superb shot!
Madhu, lovely to hear from you. I appreciate you response to the image. Thanks.
The photograph is stunning dear Sally… the way the shades are blended and the lines juxtaposed is wonderful.. I also like to read your words in this post… Feeling one with Nature and our surroundings is one of the most overwhelming and complete feelings I have ever experienced… The ancient greeks had an expression for it. Panta rhei, meaning All is one- Love and best wishes to you, always. Aquileana 🍀
I’m humbled by your response. The Greek saying is perfection. Thanks. Enjoy today and always.
It looks like there’s a mirrored reflection on the upper left side.
Maria, thanks for the comment.
“Amen” to all that, Sally!
An interesting cross-section with a definite message Sally. Very creative.
Tina, thanks so much. Hope that you are enjoying autumn and its gifts.
That interface between nature and human beings is always interesting to interpret in photos, and you do it magnificently in this composite photo.
Otto, I’m humbled by your response to my image making.
This is a really powerful marriage of words and image Sally. “Our engagement with nature is rarely subtle”. I couldn’t agree more.
Su, thanks for the early morning sunlight. I appreciate your comment. Have a quiet and relaxing weekend.
I like what this image suggests about the relationship between human and nature. Hard edges and unyielding lines for man-made, while nature is more *organic* as it were-it also suggests that nature in the end will overpower the man-made. Good stuff.
Meg, your response to the image made my heart sing. Thanks.
Your photo illustrates the interface between humans and nature well.
Suzanne, thank you so much.
Intriguing shot, Sally. I always love your introductions to artist. I liked his article on staying inspired. Thanks!
Patti, my pleasure, I appreciate your response to my image and words. See You soon. Enjoy your week.
Lovely montage, Sally. So much for the eye to see in this photo; the lower right side of the photo has me entranced with what appears to be a little piece of gate? It just has my attention (I have a “thing” about gates).
Happy week ahead!
Angeline, that’s screening on the bridge for safety. I appreciate your response to the image. See you soon. Happy Photo Challenge.
Beautiful. Your explanation made me see the real thing. Wonderful photography.
Indira, lovely to hear from you. Thanks for your response.
You help both with lens and pens. 🙂
Indira, that’s lovely. Thanks.
The photomontage works well for what you’re conveying here, Sally. Have a wonderful week.
Janet, thanks so much. Enjoy autumn’s presence.
An interesting “bridge” between man and nature, Sally.
The shadows of the foliage beaming are beautifully captured, Sally.
Amy, thanks so much. Enjoy the autumn temps.