Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Portrait of Orchids)

24 April 2017


1. Floating Orchid:Truth in Plain Flight Photmontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Floating Orchids 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.


Which Way to Truth

Truth is a foundation in relationships; it creates a bond that forges respect and mutual understanding. Without truth a malaise surfaces and tension grows and grows. The definition of truth is crystal clear; there is no room for interpretation.

Still, I’ve learned that within human communication what is one person’s honesty does not equal another’s. In the current world order the misuse and reduction of the word’s meaning has become one of the most blatant causes of disrespect and puzzlement about those in power in my country.

The manipulation of language by our leaders leads to constant anxiety and distrust. Apparently, accountability and the greater good are not in their vocabulary. Greed, self-interest and their own agenda is their mission. So which way to truth is a path that must be re-discovered for democracy to reign.

Without honesty the way to truth is fluid in a way that breeds fear and apprehension. Truth must be rescued and returned to its place of honor–a place that honors respect between and among all of us.

While language is always changing (especially building its fluid vocabulary), truth is precise and non-negotiable. Carbon dioxide is one carbon element plus two oxygens. I have five toes on one foot and five on the other. The sun is a star. No arguments, truth.

In the Lens section is a visual interpretation of my rant on truth. Truth may float but it always finds its bearings, because much of the time truth is in plain view. We just must see, really see its presence.

[I strongly suggest that you click onto the image to enlarge it.]

Tip of the Week:

I spend inordinate amounts of time exposing myself to the arts (literary, performing and visual). I do not limit my exposure. Although I have never been prone to documentary photography, it can be one of the most significant ways to tell the human narrative. So I encourage you to read about the American documentary photographer Eugene Richards (b. 1944).

Lens: Photography, Video and Visual Journalism” is a regular column in The New York Times. Last week’s focus was on an exhibition titled “Eugene Richards: A Life in Photography” by James Estrim and published on 20 April 2017. Click here to view the article and a slide show of 19 photographs.

Here is an excerpt: “The George Eastman Museum in Rochester will open the first museum retrospective of the work of the photographer Eugene Richards on June 10. The exhibit, ‘Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time,’ covers his career as a photojournalist and documentary photographer from 1968 to the present and was produced in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. Curated by April Watson and Lisa Hostetler, the retrospective includes 146 photographs, 15 books, and selected videos.” The exhibition is a tribute to the powerful human portraits that Richards creates, and how a poignant story can be expressed through a single photograph.

View other entries for this 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.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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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34 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Portrait of Orchids)

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Lovely montage.

    However, as proponents of fake news know, “truth is precise and non-negotiable” only if it serves a purpose. Keep up the fight.

  2. Su Leslie says:

    Your image is particularly lovely Sally. The colours offer joy and hope juxtaposed against a sombre message.

  3. thirdeyemom says:

    Spot on as always Sally. Thank you for speaking out and inspiring us all to care about what is happening in the world.

  4. Elisa Ruland says:

    Your passion and curiosity makes us passionate and curious, Sally. Thank you for pushing us.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Hi Sally, I was inspired by your image and your writing to create the following post. It was only when I got to the end of making it that I realised a flat bed scanner might not qualify as a device that permitted in this challenge. Here’s the link anyway. If it is outside the rules of this challenge please feel free to delete this comments – cheers – Suzanne

  6. Thank you for the NYT column recommendation.

  7. A lot to think about. And look at and feel. One day I will grow up enough to understand. For now I’m enjoying words left hanging.
    Happy Monday.

  8. restlessjo says:

    I’d never heard of Eugene Richards but he made some interesting statements in the interview, Sally. Fascinating how we see ourselves, what we might have been, and how we end up. 🙂 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  9. Cristina says:

    Beautiful Sally 🙂 I like the colors 🙂

  10. Angeline M says:

    Beautiful montage, Sally. The colors are captivating. Your words are more important than ever today. One of the better signs I liked at the March for Science/Earth Day event was “I can’t believe I’m defending the facts”. Incredible times that our art helps soften a bit.

  11. Sally, you’ve really made the vehicle of photomontage your own. Lovely color in this (and that’s the truth.) 🙂 Have a wonderful week.


  12. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I like the text-ural element to your photo this week, Sally. The link to Eugene Richards is also fantastic. I was unfamiliar with his work until now and found him to be a fascinating person.
    Thanks for helping me learn something new today.

  13. Amy says:

    Beautiful process, Sally! It’s not only disappointing to today’s political atmosphere, is scary…
    It’s politicians’ faults, I also think voters should be blamed.

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