Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning.
Serendipity. I’ve always loved that word… Well, this week I experienced it in the creative process. I didn’t get to where I was going, but I found something else quite lovely on the way there…Isn’t it great when that happens?
As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been taking an online course in Abstract Photography offered by Kim Manley Ort. This week, we were looking at the history of abstract photography and delving into the work of some of its most well-known practitioners. We were to select an artist whose work we resonated with and create a piece that drew on that inspiration.
I chose Andre Gallant, a Canadian photographer known for “dreamscapes” and abstract impressionism using a variety of photomontage techniques, including multiple exposures. I decided to experiment with multiple exposures and set out to try to capture natural ones like he did.
I found out how incredibly difficult it is to use this technique to create an abstract piece that didn’t look like a big mistake!
So my first attempt was decidedly unsuccessful; I wasn’t able to create a truly abstract image using multiple exposures.
But, when I looked at what I did capture, I was still pleased with the way some of the flower images had turned out. You couldn’t call them abstract because they were still recognizable as flowers, but they were definitely impressionistic.
The multiple exposure seemed to enhance the dreaminess of the flower petals and emphasize the delicacy and subtlety of the overall image.
So serendipity took me down another road — one I think I’ll be coming back to further explore in the future. I still have to work on my abstracts though!
Continuing along the thread of poetry I started, I found (was given, actually, by my poetry troubadour friend) this simple poem about simplicity by a Palestinian poet named Taha Muhammad Ali.
Every since I started making images, I have been striving for simplicity. It’s what speaks to me most directly and powerfully and what resonates most deeply. Often it is a simple impression I want to convey, a feeling, a mood, even an idea…
This week’s photo challenge is about capturing moments of wonder “when the infinite catches us by surprise” stumbling “upon it in things both big and small.” And for me, it is often the small things that I return to over and over — a silent leaf caught in the light can be every bit as glorious as the thumping thunder of Victoria Falls.
it has taken me
all of sixty years
that water is the finest drink
and bread the most delicious food
and that art is worthless
unless it plants
a measure of splendor in people’s hearts.
TAHA MUHAMMAD ALI
I recently read a wonderful post by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits that touches beautifully on the essence of simple living. It’s about stripping down to the very basics — and revelling in them.
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From a distance, it looked like an ordinary swimming pool, except, except…
I looked at it in a certain light at a certain time from a certain angle, and it was extraordinary…
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