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The Elements I

Continuing my exploration through the archives in an attempt to discern patterns and themes in my photography, I have found a lot of photos that I like but, of which, it is difficult to say exactly what the subject is. They are mostly of objects but cropped very tightly into specific details. As such, though the object in its entirety may be recognizable, the photographs can’t be said to be “of” that object. So, what is the subject of these images?

As I review them, it is specific qualities of the object I was attracted to or inspired by, such as the way the light fell, the quality of the light, the texture, the form, or interesting shapes and forms. I think of these as the elements of the object. Of course, these are also the elements of photographs or, more generally, images (the elements of design are often considered to to be things like line, form, contrast, texture, colour etc.). I’ve found in the past that these images tend to attract very disparate reactions: some people seem to love them, others don’t get them at all. I’m interested to know what you think?

This one was taken some years ago in the botanical gardens in Funchal, Madeira.

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5 Comments

  1. george says:

    I love it…the curved lines, the texture, and the shadow areas (happily without HDR induced detail!)

    A work of art of a work of art.

  2. tom says:

    I like this one very much. The tight crop, the DOF applied, texture and light all this make this image very appealing to me.

  3. Focales says:

    Very nice texture and light on this beautiful closeup

  4. Doug Hickok says:

    I love the initial effect your image makes when seeing it on screen. The tight crop, the immediately recognizable subject, the play of light and shadow, and beautiful texture, all make this a superb high impact image. These kind of expertly crafted images intrigue and excite me :^)

  5. Dave says:

    Nice use of Light and Shadow,
    Of course you’re right about the use of line, form, etc. I find them to very important elements of images.

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