13 March 2017
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr
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“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them.” ~~ Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and President of Liberia
Light and shadows breathe a fresh approach across the morning chill, bringing warmth to midday. A sense of birth sweeps into my spirits, placating those stressful thoughts creeping around the corner and waiting to land.
The immersion into the visual, especially nature’s bounty, has profound restorative inner value. Every image is an opportunity to reinvent what I see, and reinvent pieces of me.
Since our memories are more subjective than objective, they tend to be influenced by distance and time–distance and time can bring soft and hard details to the surface. Some bits and pieces never reappear as they happened. And these nuances are supplanted by the ones that we project are more true to reality.
A photograph can be reimagined into a new vision or similar to its original capture, which is why I am steeped in experimentation with the concept of a photographic puzzle* or photomontage. The image in the Lens section is my impression of a double orchid, at least the illusion. It’s meant to emphasize that nature has a multi-faceted character–character that slips in and out of our conscious visual universe, and rests in the subconscious where it floats with various levels of appreciation, explanation, and meaning.
* Photographic Puzzle © copyright 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved
Tip of the Week:
In the Pens section I mention, “The immersion into the visual, especially nature’s bounty, has profound restorative inner value.” My words are from deep inside, and when I find a book that reflects my sense of nature’s powers to heal and soothe our psyches, I want to recommend it. Recently, I read a review by Jason Mark, who is the editor in chief of the Sierra magazine, about Florence Williams’ The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. Her ideas are not new, but reinforce the notion that time spent in nature does make us feel better. She also discusses that there is more and more scientific evidence of these benefits. It’s now on my list to get. Here is the link to the review in The New York Times; click here.
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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.