February 16th, 2017
So how does a person choose what they are going to take a photograph of? I believe that we have already established that I see heart-shapes everywhere, right? Apparently I also see photo worthy things all around me. It 's one of things about photography that I particularly enjoy. At that moment, it's just about my camera (phone) and whatever strikes my fancy. Identifying the above photos, one is an extreme close up of a lemon wedge in a glass of water, the other of the water in a drainage ditch, obvious seemed to me, that day, like things I should be preserving for posterity. Feel free to disagree.
I guess it's the beauty in the ordinary that appeals to me. Back to that form and function thing I suppose, remember the photo of the fancy doorknob? And there is some beautiful about useful and everyday objects that calls to me. The flags on a boat below are not just acting like maritime jewelry, I don't yet know the language, but I know that each of those flags says something important. Playing volley ball without a net is possible, of course, but harder to stay on your own side. The net is useful but in early morning light, also quite pretty. The last photo below is taken beneath a pier. The structure beneath anything is just as important as the object itself, just rarely noticed. I thought it was quite lovely.
One of the fun parts about playing with my phone camera is the little bit of extra possibility. I can change the colour of the background with the touch of a button, I can cartoonize, I can flip the negative and positive, or give any picture a wee bit of zing. There is absolutely no special talent involved, just a decision on my part. The magic computer does the rest. (That's my late father and my sister in glowing green there by the way)
Quick which one would you rather deal with, the flock of flamingos on the left, or the flock of seabirds in the middle? One of them is real, one isn't...... and that last one is just too "Hitchcockian" to even consider. Kind of creepy.
As I prowl though the photos on my phone I see staircases, windows, bridges and chairs for heaven's sakes. Sometimes I have to stare at it for awhile to figure out why I took the photo in the first place. So whether it's a water tower, an old car, a bicycle or a baitbucket, it is not safe from me. As far as I'm concerned, it's all beautiful and all worthy of capture. And as I said before, feel free to disagree. I'm okay with that.
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