Wind sculpting grass, solitary trees in fog, the edges of grass and trees, sunlight and rain, winter and spring... the possibilities go on. There's more personality and more moods to this "boring," nondescript landscape than we sometimes let ourselves see.
Water is an all but irresistible subject for photographers. For myself, I make no attempt to resist it. Having said that, the challenge is to understand what draws me to water, whether or not I have a camera with me, and then develop a composition that effectively conveys that response.. I'll work on it as long as I make photographs.
The following images were made outside my home region.
Land forms from western North Dakota
East tip of Artist Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota
This gallery includes photographs that I've worked on recently, although the images might have been captured in the past. Where my other galleries are thematically consistent, that's not the case in this one.
I found this recently when looking through some older images. I liked the organic forms of the clouds making a bit of a halo around the geometric form of satellite dish.
The title pretty much says it. In late spring and early summer, the light from a skylight in my bathroom causes highlights that pretty much have to be photographed. I suppose the washcloth is optional.
This could be a type of aster, but I need to look it up to be sure. The light and the flowers were wonderful this afternoon. I knew that I'd make a photograph of this as soon as I saw it.
Another image from Artist Point, in Grand Marais, Minnesota. There are many traditionally scenic pictures to be made here, especially at sunrise and sunset. This one is not particularly pretty. Especially in black and white. It might be a bit challenging to viewers. At least I hope it is and that over time, it retains and even increases in interest.
Cameras record reality. We think they do. But "reality" is a little more complicated than that. Our vision, as incredible as it is, doesn't see most of what's around us. Solid objects, for example, are mostly empty space. Aside from that, what a flower looks like to a gardener differs from what it looks like to a deer or a cow, which differs from how it appears to a spider, which probably differs from what it looks like to a hummingbird or a butterfly. So abstract images can be a little challenging for some of us. We want to know what we're looking at. Maybe because of our expectation or assumption that cameras record reality, it's difficult for us to be satisfied when we can't recognize the reality that a photograph represents.
But abstracts can also be fun. If we can step away from the need to recognize every last detail and allow ourselves to be carried away by the lines, shapes and textures of an image, to enjoy the way the artist composed the image, designed it really, to convey a sense of mystery within simplicity, or perhaps simplicity out of complexity, that when it works is also beautiful, the images can be deeply satisfying. And if they do convey a sense of mystery, they can hold our interest over time, perhaps more than a classic pretty picture does.