Visual Reflections: Nature Photography as Palette in an Age of Uncertainty: No.2 (Summer Photomontage)

10 July 2017


Summer Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Summer Photomontage; 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.


Each life is a series of stages that are layered and layered to create an inner core and an outer patina. The surface view is but a sliver of that life’s composition.

When I view a flower, the immediate reaction is bound instantaneously to that initial response. Then a mountain of other influences CAN flood through the synapses to reenforce or deny the reaction.

In my current state of mind the photomontage is a way to experiment and represent these forces of nature that we cannot see but are ever-present, yet hidden in our first sightings. Revelations are continuous.

Nature is without reservation my muse and inspiration, and each of her progeny, whether a stone or a mountain or a sunset or a flowering cactus, provides astonishing qualities that are evident and visually revealed. These are obvious characteristics, but macro elements, inner mysteries, and the history of life magnifies the capture in space and time.

Mostly, the connection between nature and human nature are one. How do we separate our journeys? Do we need to differentiate them? A life is a life. The value of each is subjective and objective. Still, we bring a way of seeing with the human experience that pushes us to apply the same analysis to nature.

In the Lens section is a summer photomontage of two layers; each offers the brilliance of a floral arrival during the first weeks of the season. This palette is so captivating that it forces a coloration–coloration that conjures the inner and outer response of nature’s infinite jewels.


“How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.” ~~ William Wordsworth

“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” ~~ Georgia O’Keeffe

“The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.” ~~ Auguste Rodin


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32 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography as Palette in an Age of Uncertainty: No.2 (Summer Photomontage)

  1. Taruna says:

    How to choose if I like your photography better than your writing… amazed!!

  2. smilecalm says:

    it’s vivid elemental
    quality is quite pleasing 🙂

  3. shaunmike says:

    Utterly mesmerized by the simplicity of your montage. The more you observe, different emotions and thoughts are provoked in the most random but peaceful way.

  4. Tina Schell says:

    Loved the simplicity of this one, despite it’s having been created through complexity Sally. And of course the O’Keefe quote 🙂

  5. Amy says:

    That is a creative, beautiful artwork, Sally!

  6. Aquileana says:

    Great photomontage… and, as always, I love reading the “Pens” section…
    I agree with you: Nature goes beyond our understanding… there are many hidden forces acting, making connections, allowing processes to take place…. Mysteries that escape our limited minds. Being surrounded by “Nature” is a sublime experience… Isn´t it?. Beautiful post, dear Sally… sending love and best wishes. Happy day! 😀

  7. Beautiful quotes and thoughts! Lovely montage and colour!! Always inspiring Sally.

  8. I was surprised when you said the montage consisted of two layers – I had thought more. I love the watercolour feel.

    I’m always conscious of that connection between nature and humans, ever since I had an ecstatic experience in my early teens (involving sunset on gum trees, the scent of pine, and god) – even more so after I took a MOOC called ‘What a Plant Knows’. The similarity of a plants basic cellular function to our own was startling. I believe we extend beyond our skin, and those who pay attention can feel nature, much as a tree feels other trees around it.

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely image Sally. The summer colours are very welcome on this winter’s day.

  10. Agreeing with the above, Sally. Would you tell me how you do your photomontages or what editing you use? I made a really nice one once with Pixlr and then could never seem to get another one to work. I’d appreciate it. 🙂


  11. Angeline M says:

    Sally, this is gorgeous. The darker green pieces seemingly slipping down within the stem in my mind are bits of life flowing to that beautiful flower.

  12. Love the layers of color, Sally! 🙂

  13. Lignum Draco says:

    Lovely artwork, Sally. Truly vibrant summery colours.
    Your approach to Natures very insightful.

  14. The more we look, the more we see. Beautiful thoughts to accompany your photomontage, Sally. I like the layers of green in the stem.

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