01 May 2017
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Macro’s minimalism can produce a profound aesthetic and spiritual visual experience. Just as the Japanese are defined by their traditional use of stone and Zen-like mastery, the simple often bridges world’s that combine form and foundation, artistry and fundamental design.
This expressive eye unfolds human creativity and nature’s abundance as well as the dimensionality of what is made to be seen and then realized, only from a modest vantage point. Suddenly what was not apparent becomes remarkably persuasive and often provokes.
Simplicity is often poetry that is a promise for insight and meaning. Macro’s ability to lend a vision to what is usually hidden allows for the expansion of what is in clear sight.
It’s not just a reminder of time and space but serious interpretative legacy. Precious is not necessarily the goal. Simplicity can reign because it opens spaces that seemed invisible, unrecognized. But also deceives us to believe there is little else to contemplate or discover or revere.
To embrace this less-is-less-and-yet-more means that the search continues for clarification. The simplest of visual composition gives a gentle quality, focusing on small gestures within the subject. Those revelations do not have to be monumental but they can be.
In the Lens section is an example of how the small can be oh so large. On a recent walk I noticed a blossoming crab apple tree, one of the early bloomer of spring in my region.
The tree was cloaked in clusters–clusters that reveal simple florets (each 3/4″ wide) that as a macro gives the gift of nature’s tantalizing possibilities. These possibilities encourage the flourish of days and nights, the expansion of the landscape, leafing out of the season’s gifts, and the unfurling of hope.
Tip of the Week:
Regardless of your camera equipment the following article is organized to help the reader better prepare to photograph flowers. “How to Photograph Flowers” (2007), which is a post by Darren Rowse who is editor and founder of Digital Photography School, is worth the read. Then you can view the Digital Photography School that has a wealth of information.
Other entires for this week’s challenge:
Note: 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.