Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (Crab Apple Blossom)

01 May 2017

Lens:

A Single Crab Apple Blossom (3:4 wide); Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Crab Apple Blossom (3/4″ wide); 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.

Pens:

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:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/a-drift/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/05/01/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/mobile-phone-challenge-nature-and-iphone-fun-facts/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/merry-may-sayy-ds-nature-challenge/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-3/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-3/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/season-change/

https://netdancer.com/2017/05/01/13236/

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.

****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.

Posted in Digital Art, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 52 Comments

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

24 April 2017

Lens:

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.

Pens:

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:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/view-from-the-top/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/mobile-photo-challenge-your-choice-foodie-photos/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-on-the-waterfront/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/04/24/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-dahlia/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sally-ds-lens-and-pen-challenge/

https://netdancer.com/2017/04/24/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/anzac-day-an-alternate-view/

https://joeowensblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/at-play-with-the-meaning-of-things/

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.

****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.

Posted in Digital Art, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photomontage, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

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

17 April 2017

Lens:

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.

Pens:

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:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/abandon-hope/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/sally-ds-mobil-challenge-mystery-in-the-gardem/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/04/17/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/wordless/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-white-041717/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/some-thoughts-on-atmospheric-conditions-focus-and-the-illusion-of-islolation/

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.

****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.

Posted in Black-and-White Photography, Digital Art, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Photomontage, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 41 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and Hellebores)

10 April 2017

Lens:

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


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

2. Hellebore Macro; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Hellebore Macro; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

Spring’s offerings begin with one of my most coveted florals. Hellebores stun the senses and sensibilities with an eloquent and royal character. They display a quiet gentle bouquet of manners—manners that seem to have dissipated in human nature. Their heads hang downward, as though asking for attention and even a conversation.

What is underneath that array of delicate petals? When a flowerhead is lifted, curiosity is rewarded. We can learn much from the quiet gestures of flowers, and their ability to ask for our thoughts. Each detail of its architecture requires a study, and I succumb to their design and features.

Daily I turn to nature to reassure me, to shore my spirit. And for the last few weeks a large circle of Hellebores have not only entertained and enticed, but also has given me an entry into the season that this year rose slowly to allow for true appreciation of each arrival.

The wonder of spring is that as a snowdrop or crocus or magnolia blossom appear, my mind acts as though it has never seen such delicacies. My gardens are mature and I selectively bring another companion to this area or that, so I know what spring days will bring forth.

That matters little, because the mere appearance of Mother Nature’s gentle bits of life bring such spiritual warmth that they always, always seem a new gift. But also they inspire new ways of seeing and understanding Spring’s palette of jewels.

Tip of the Week:

April is an important month to celebrate Mother Earth, and now she needs all the help that we can muster. Hope that you are able to support one or both of these efforts. Click on each event’s name to get more information.

Earth Day is 22 April. This year’s campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy Education. From their webpage: “Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.”

People’s Climate March: March for climate, jobs and justice. The event will be held in Washington, D.C. It will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Location is 3rd Street near the Capitol Building.

Excerpts from their webpage: “On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action.”

If you cannot attend the march to the Capitol, you can search for sister marches that will occur at the same time around the world, and, hopefully, in your community.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/open-wide/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-ive-got-yourback/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/17613/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/04/10/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-3/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-nasturtiums/

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.

****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.

Posted in Digital Art, Gardens and Gardening, Macro Photography, Photomontage, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (and a Bonsai Photomontage)

03 April 2017

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

Pomegrante Bonsai and Loose-Flower Hornbeam Bonsai Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Pomegranate Bonsai and Loose-Flower Hornbeam Bonsai Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; 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.

Pens:

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

As the thunder hums in the morning light, I pull the covers over my face once more. Those few extra minutes of inner sanctuary give the day a gentle beginning. The thunder brings spring rain, and my garden smiles.

Tiny greenery is peeking from native grasses, Helleborus is in spectacular perennial bloom, dandelions are beginning their invasion, tulips are inches in flight, garlic shoots reach for the sun’s energy, early-blossoming trees are recovering from seesaw temps, wild things continue to surprise, and my heart sings.

The morning has become a coveted time for luxurious lounging and musings. Winter has receded into the past, and days spread more light upon my world. That light is a catharsis, a wash of glorious spirituality. Maybe rising out of winter’s grasp into spring’s hope illuminates my first watch, gently and quietly.

The soil is being warmed by higher temps, and plantings of arugula, greens and peas are part of next week’s plan. Arugula, the mere sound of its name brings thoughts of its culinary punch. Freshly picked ingredients being the tastiest and packed with vibrant vitamins and minerals. How the mind drinks as it wanders and takes hold of the day’s mindful beginnings: thoughts that cruise through a myriad of labyrinths before I rise into the day’s possibilities.

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In the Lens section is a bonsai photomontage that layers a Pomegranate tree (training began in 1910) and its fruit onto a Loose-Flower Hornbeam tree (training began in 1991), and photographed in Longwood Gardens’ bonsai collection.  This blend is a tribute to the way that nature’s longevity can astound and confound by the partnership between nature and human nature.

Tip of the Week:

I recommend that you take a break from the world’s intrusion, and view “Seasons” (2016, runs an hour and 37 minutes), which is directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Claud. This nature documentary is an introduction into the evolution of the seasons. As a visual timeline from the ice age to present, it shows how a few degrees difference and/or an earth shift can have radical effect on the land, its creatures and habitats. For a  review read The New York Times’s article, “Review : The Nature Documentary ‘Season’ Looks at Land” by Jeannette Catsoulis and published 24 November 2016. It can be viewed on iTunes.

"Seasons" (2016)

“Seasons” (2016)

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/nature-juxtaposed/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/spring-is-in-full-swing-for-sally-ds-nature-challenge/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/04/03/

Nature ~~ Spring ~~ Green

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/a-shared-moment-of-joy/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-overlook/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-2/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/mobile-photo-challenge-nature-and-follow-of-the-day/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-2/

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.

****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.

Posted in Digital Art, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photomontage, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Portrait of Another Orchid Photomontage)

27 March 2017

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

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

Cymbidium 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.

Pens:

The strange phenomenon of time’s passing works its way through my days. Time can linger but rarely. Usually it moves with a nonstop cadence that wavers between slow and gallop.

An open gate accompanies my ongoing affair with time,  forging days of choice and freedom: no clock to awaken me, just my internal circadian rhythm, which has been forever adjusted by my mature hormones.

As I laze in bed each morning, my new awareness climbs in next to me. After eight years of retirement, this winter’s continuous performance of grey days boosted my thoughts about a more relaxed approach to each day’s beginning.

No need to pop out of bed at first light, as I’ve been doing for decades. That habitual persistence was egged by my awareness and need to use time with its continuous dissolve. I am coerced to capture every moment, even in its illusion. Now I realize that even in the moment, there is a need to truly be with the moment, not in thought but in habit.

With tribute to time’s passage and its necessity in my life’s purpose, I honor it with this orchid photomontage—a photomontage that lands in Spring to heighten the brilliance of gifts yet to arrive. The radiance of the reddish-purple is the perfect hue to fuse my daily awareness with the here and now (and not just words but reality). Now I’m ready for a morning of foraging and forest bathing–bathing that soothes the spirit and soul with the ambience of nature.

Tip of the Week:

One of the masters of botanical photography was American artist Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976). A degree in chemistry helped her understand the science of the darkroom. In the years after the 1920s Cunningham focused on macro images, directing some of her efforts to the magnolia blossom. The exhibition, Imogen Cunningham in Focus, which includes her botanicals, runs through June 18, 2017, at the Herb Ritts Gallery (Gallery 169), Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information about a deeply spiritual interpretation of her visual world, visit the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum.

 

"Still Life" by Imogen Cunningham

“Still Life” by Imogen Cunningham

View other entries to this week’s challenge:

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/mobile-photo-challenge-your-choice-and-flower-of-the-day-3272017/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/egrets-for-sally-ds-smart-device-challenge/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/03/27/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-spring-pink/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/daffodil-montage-sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/a-bit-heavy-on-the-metaphor/

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.

****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.

Posted in Digital Art, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photomontage, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Double Orchids Revisit)

20 March 2017

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

Cymbidium Orchids Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; 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.

Pens:

Technicolor is a physical and psychological phenomenon. To really see requires a Zen-like approach where brain, mind and body synchronize for a true reading of the visual.

To envision color is to see real life as each of us interpret it. To see in monochrome is to strip the coloration into shades and tones that give a more introspective view of the subject or subjects.

While black and white does not necessarily show the skeleton, it does give a sensibility that color cannot (to me) render. Sure color dazzles and triumphs, but black and white can go beyond that surface glitter to reveal the emotional and structural effects in a new way that is not possible in full color.

In the Lens section is another variation on last’s week’s photographic visual puzzle,* Cymbidium Orchids photomontage. The conversion to black and white and a slightly different double exposure resulted (for me) in an impressionistic image–an image that gives individual flowers the appearance of flight.

The photographic visual puzzle* with its monochromatic landscape has a new allure. Each tiny orchid seems disconnected from their botany, and more connected to an illusionary floating kite that carries them above and then beyond sight.

*Photographic Visual Puzzle; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Tip of the Week:

Regardless of the medium I’m a strong proponent and practitioner of viewing others’ artwork, especially a mixture of the old and the new, professional and amateur. It’s an exercise in how the past and present merge into the archives of art history. Lessons can be realized in elements of clarity, insights, inspiration and questioning.

Romare Bearden (1911-1988) was an American modernist who celebrated the black experience in America. While he began as an abstract painter, in 1963 his discovery of collage took him  down a new path, which was influenced by the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement. His photomontages were organized into an exhibition titled “Black-and-White: Photomontage Projections 1964.” Thirty years after their first viewing at the Cordier and Eckstrom Gallery in New York, they were again exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York from January 16  to March 20, 1997. With twenty-four photomontages and four collages the show brought together themes of Bearden’s art that lasted throughout his life: the African-American community and its relationship to art, culture, history, and politics as well as his own life. View more of his collages at the Bearden Foundation website. Click here. Bearden’s signature artwork honors, informs and provokes.

Romare Bearden in Black-and-White, 1964

“Romare Bearden in Black-and-White, 1964”

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-leaf-or-jawbone/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/sally-ds-monochrome-challenge-a-reflection-of-spring/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/03/20/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-secret-garden/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/mobile-photo-challenge-bw-and-flower-of-the-day-2/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/both-sides-now/

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.

****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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