A Recap of Month in Tens…. if you missed any. And I was contacted with a proposition, can you believe? Keep reading…. And, there is a photo project a’ brewing, so read the last few paragraphs if I have your curiosity up. It is all about Shooting the Ordinary. Words on By Design, Our W4W word is noted too and has a big change coming. So much on the horizon, so much to say!
The link to the 1 to 10 post. Just go to the original post to make any image larger or to read the ‘why’ behinds the images. All 30 Simple Things are compiled in this post in a thumbnail format.
The link to the 11 to 20 post. I was approached on making these into posters for sale. Also, having some of my photos and computer art mounted and made available. Do you think they have salable potential? It was suggested that I write all the caption text that appeared in the post directly on the images to further explain why these photos are Simple Things. Maybe???
The link to the 21-30 post. I really enjoy photography and am thinking about the offer.
The Story Behind an Image
The next theme for Month in Tens is Shooting The Ordinary. I keep going back to the phrase from my little mushroom, “Sometimes being ordinary is really being extraordinary.” And what do I mean, you might ask?
Interesting photos can be created when the photographer (real ones) shows off the object in its best light. Not just literal light, but as understanding, mystery, or enlightenment. What I noticed about my little mushroom from November 15, besides that it was tiny and out of season, was how it held its own in a mass of fall color, by just being delicate and bland, a contrast to that which surrounded it. I saw a strength in that little mushroom and a determination, even though it had a bite taken out. It looked to stand tall and reach for a beam of light. A lot of something for a little fungus. But what it did, was capture my attention, and I saw a reason to make it that much more important.
This means unveiling or demonstrating in a photograph the subject’s curve, form, color, pattern, or texture that makes it stand out and be admired. That is what happened to my very ordinary mushroom, I looked a lot closer and studied its diaphanous form, emotionless color, yet, silky texture. It was simple and somewhat beautiful in that simplicity. To reinforce the delicacy, I zoomed in close and gave the image soft focus.
Shooting the ordinary forces one to study the object from many angles, varying the camera technique, and possibly frame it in non-traditional ways to capture interest. Of course, a good technique is to move in really close and see the details so as to lose the overall form in the detail and reveal an unseen substance of character. Not much of this is evident in my mushroom, but is something to further explore for the next Month in Tens in January. So you might try Shooting the Ordinary. It really lets you see a subject in a whole new way. And seeing is the key.
This was a photo project we had in a college photography course. It was also used in an art class where we took an ordinary object and studied it until we saw an extraordinary beauty. We were instructed to capture the essence. My ‘beautiful ordinary’ was a corkscrew, well you had to see how I executed the work to understand, because it was all from a unique view and vantage point. I did have an advantage here as I was being paid to be an illustrator at the time (to help pay for my private college tuition), so my corkscrew was rocking.
So what does this have to do with gardening? Not that much if gardening is only gardening, like just plopping in a perennial. If you think in terms of design in a holistic manner, it means so much more. You see it from many perspectives and angles, which opens possibilities with fresh approach. You don’t have to understand the principles, you just have to learn a better way to see, and a way to feel what is right. The rest comes naturally and easily. Good design is inherent, just waiting to be unearthed. Ha, a gardening pun!
Good design affects all aspects of life, where everything is By Design, even Accidental Design or Nature’s Design. So that leads into my next topic….
Word 4 Wednesday will be moving to the fourth Wednesday of every month only. It is such an interesting meme having the most creative posts by bloggers, that I want to give everyone ample time to consider their post or think about joining.
Let’s do an easy one, and one that is apt worldwide. The W4W word is Weathering. Think about the effects that weather has on materials, earth, people and plants, where something becomes weathered. Also, look at weathering over time. It is the great equalizer, bringing back to a state of nonexistence. Weathering can transform and reshape. Weathering has mystery and a limitless effect. This one is easy to show in beautiful photos. It is an easy one to get philosophical or melancholy about also. Oh, the possibilities for December 28th and the end of a year.
Accidental was our previous W4W. See how that word was handled with interest and creativity by folks joining the meme.
The next post is by request. I was asked to show how I make Kissing Balls for Christmas, a job I have at Erway’s Christmas Tree Adventure. Last year I showed wreath making, so it only seems fitting to include the Kissing Balls. It is really simple but they take time. After, I will show the kids enjoying the fun at the farm and all the cool things they offer. See Green Apples, The Buck Stops Here for some pretty photos of the deer at the farm. The kids are feeding the does too!
See, I told you I had a lot to say and some stuff was in store!