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.