Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Nature Photomontage)

17 April 2017


Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

2. Palm Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Palm Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this photomontage. Prints are available upon request.


This composite sheds my own convention by the inclusion of a line of my poetry: humanity mourns, democracy contrasts meaning.

Sometimes my intention in characterizing nature is remiss, remiss to reveal my inner narrative. So this image represents experimentation to pose words as part of the visual narrative, and therein express its deeper meaning. And for me the combination of palm trees layered upon windows (of the world looking in, looking out) are an apt symbol.

The forces of nature are under systematic attack. This assault exhausts me, because it is senseless to be alive in 2017 and dismiss the implications of human intervention in climate change and global warming. It leaves me distraught and in a state of anger and puzzlement. But never deterred.

Angles and lines harbor tension–tension felt through the air we breathe, the path humanity walks, the earth’s cry for fulfilling our responsibility to its destiny. So I’ve  created a photomontage that shows ecological presence and a slow glacial observance of human interference that blends a slice of the natural world as representative of its entirety.

Tip of the Week:

The website bw/vision: B&W Photography with Vision has an article that lists (in the author’s opinion) the top ten photographers from history. He also adds another five, because it’s obvious that there are numerous of photography’s masters to study. “Top 10 photographers who influenced photography to become what it is today … ” by Joel Tjintjelaar is worth the perusal, even if it’s only a reminder of these giants’ contributions.

The author says, “I’ve compiled a list of famous photographers who have had a decisive influence on photography as an art form as we know it today. I’ve categorized the photographers in several genres that are considered fine art genres. If you’re a serious photographer and don’t know the photographers or their work yet, then you really should start getting to know them! The photographers are randomly ordered and the order doesn’t reflect any ranking nor does this pretend to be an extensive list.”

Click here to visit the site.

Other entries for the week’s challenge:


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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41 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Nature Photomontage)

  1. The photo montage is so appropriate in these times. A poignant expression. And thank for the link to bw/vision: B&W Photography with Vision’s article – a fun read.

  2. Elisa Ruland says:

    One of your readers lamented that some are sleepwalking through all of the controversy, and I think in their defense they have become numb, as though from a loss. Your powerful image and narratives like yours will shake more into action. And yes, celebrate our earth – this week – and always. Thank you, Sally!

  3. Madhu says:

    A powerful message, so creatively expressed Sally. We need constant reminders in a world fast losing its collective conscience. Finding it increasingly harder to remain hopeful.

  4. Aquileana says:

    How beautiful dear Sally!… as always, love your writing too… This image certainly seem to evoke narrations, stories and the consequent experimentation when it comes to give live to words, so to speak… Very meaningful, my friend… sending love & best wishes. 😀

  5. thirdeyemom says:

    Sally your words and your montage speak to me deeply. I am so dismayed by what is going on right now. I haven’t quite found what I can do to fight it. It is an awful situation that even if we get a new party in four years so much damage will already have been done. We need to act now to stop climate change but how?

    • Nicole, I belong to a group called Huddle, groups formed across the country after the Women’s March. We met again last night and are making plans. As you I am most concerned about the planet. What they intend to do defies any kind of reason. And then stack on top the dismantling of progress, all the other policies that will affect human rights, equality, reproductive rights, domestic issues, economy, taxes, and on and on. The only way to resist is to put pressure on your congressional representatives and keep making phone calls. 5 Calls is a great app that lists current issues and policies of the administration. I suggest that you try to find a group to work on local issues. We are going to focus on voter registration in the tri-state area (Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland) and a list of other issues that we hope can affect change. 2018 will be a critical year. I hope that the next week: Earth Day through the People’s Climate March will show the administration the seriousness of what they intend to do. The people most speak and resist this form of governing.

      • thirdeyemom says:

        Thank you so incredibly much for this Sally! I am downloading 5 Calls and will also see if we have Huddle in MN. The great news is that our state is very very liberal and blue and our papers are constantly writing about the environmental issues. Our Mayor even said that she is going to stand up to a lot of you know who’s policies. For me, if the planet is gone than nothing else matters. Like you said, it will impact everything. All the issues. So I’m getting on it! Thanks so much!!!

  6. I like the way you made this photomontage, Sally. Parcels more to this than only a dazzling montage of two excellent shots. Well done.

  7. Suzanne says:

    I really like what you have to say here and your montage is inspirational. I really like the way you have combined image and text – it really fits with the direction my creativity is taking me at present too. Here’s my contribution to the challenge – very simple this week. I find world events are making me seek out beauty in simplicity.

  8. Su Leslie says:

    I can only agree with what others have said Sally. Your image is stark and powerful; another panel in the huge quilt of sorrow, anger and protest that is forming to save our planet.

  9. restlessjo says:

    I’m glad you explained it, Sally, because it’s quite fascinating to look at but I didn’t really grasp the meaning.

  10. Angeline M says:

    A powerful image along with your narrative, Sally. Your photo montage is excellent. I can’t wait to delve into the link you provide on the photographers. Thanks for sharing that.

  11. smilecalm says:

    bowing to recognition, sally
    of our dying environment
    with this
    healing image 🙂

  12. I like the way you made this photomontage, Sally. Lots more to this than just a lovely montage of two beautiful shots. Well done.


  13. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Sally, your photomontage is very topical this week as Earth Day is so near. Thank you for the link to the photographers. I really enjoyed the video of Ansel Adams’ work. He has been quite an influence on my darkroom/camera techniques.

  14. Tish Farrell says:

    I second Draco’s comment – a powerful creation indeed, Sally. The naysayers denial that the earth needs major healing is wearying, worrying, and v. dispiriting. All for short-term gain and greed of the few. While everyone else seems to be sleepwalking.

  15. Amy says:

    Beautiful image that delivers the important message. Thank you for the reminder, Sally!

  16. Lignum Draco says:

    Interesting and powerful photomontage, Sally. With a man “hiding” in the background on the left. I agree, we cannot deny our influence on this world and it’s environment.

    I hope your march on the weekend went well.

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