23 July 2018
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed, FX PhotoStudio and Pixlr.
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Visual abstractions force us to create a storyline, a passable narrative to soothe the mind’s curiosity. From the objective to subjective we dance a few tunes that arise during the first sighting. Then we settle into a curious exercise of what if…
I’ve been circling for weeks around the notion of nature’s fortitude and solidarity with infinite examples of the non-representational. It’s seems counterintuitive: nature represents the non-human species of the earth, and they are very much definable as visually recognizable beings.
And yet everywhere there are abstractions that entice and mesmerize the imagination. So I’ve been experimenting with my own notion of abstraction, and how it surfaces as I gaze upon Mother Nature.
Mostly, I’m using the luminosity of light to create what became (in the Lens section) an otherworldly effect. Two images of a succulent leaf beam with its surface patterns and show how one can isolate parts of the whole to make them disconnected with their real life meaning and purpose.
Then they inherit a space that is a different language–language that binds imagery with the unknown. We can imagine the subject, even as it has disappeared.
The final image can be simpler and more complex, depending on the elements emphasized. But usually the result calls upon the viewer’s emotional response, pushing the senses to rise up.
As time marches through a seasonal cadence, I am pledged to continue this quest. The abstract is nurturing a certain part of my spirit, and the experimentation takes me on my own abstract journey. And in this age of uncertainty that is a safe place to be.
For as long as I have been a devotee to nature I have been enamored by hummingbirds. I have spent decades creating gardens to lure them, to provide their favorite trump-shaped flowers. Every April I await their return, and the first glance exhilarates each and every time. There is magic and elation in their presence.
So I should not have been surprised to learn that they are a keystone species. As other pollinators, they serve a vital role in the ecological balance of our planet. Many other species are dependent on their existence. It’s comforting to have them return every year to dine upon my menu of flowers and vegetables.
Visit the National Geographic website to learn more about keystone species. They define the moniker: “A keystone species is an organism that helps define an entire ecosystem. Without its keystone species, the ecosystem would be dramatically different or cease to exist altogether.”