Thoughts on Photos

Thank you to everyone who commented on which was their fave on the days I did two-fer DATs. Morven’s comment was the one that really highlighted why I didn’t have a true favorite myself. My favorite would depend on my mood.

I think it’s amazing how much different the feel of a photo can be depending on how (or if) you mess with it. It’s one of the things that fascinates me about digital photography.

For instance if you look again at these photos of the country church, I think the straight-up one looks innocent and nostalgic, like something you’d see in Mayberry in the 1950s.

When I did it, I expected the slightly sepia-toned B/W one to look even more old-fashioned, like perhaps it was actually taken in the 1950s, but instead I think it looks rather sinister and uneasy - like something out of a Stephen King story. I like both versions, but which is “better?” Depends on if I want innocent or sinister!

Looking at these photos of the cloggers on the bridge, I have a similar reaction. To me the colored version is exuberant to the point of being almost too cluttered and lacking a focal point, and yet I think it gives a real feeling of the fun and community spirit of the event. I like the slice-of-life feeling of it.

It was the lack of focal point that made me want to experiment with layers and selective color to create the second photo. But again, while I expected it to be just sort of artsy, instead I felt like the mood of the altered one turned out to be rather uneasy - like the little girl looks not just featured, but completely isolated, as if maybe she’s really all alone and the people she’s interacting with are only in her mind and memory. It feels almost post-apocolyptic to me! I like it (and from the comments I’m not sure it gave anyone else that uneasy feeling - maybe it’s just me), but it’s not what I expected when I did it at all.

I think that’s one of the fun things about creating any sort of art, whether it’s photography, quilting, painting, collage, whatever! - to simply take the journey and be open to what happens, even if it takes you down a road you don’t quite expect.

Here’s today’s Daily Art Thang (only one today).

dry rock wet rock

“Dry Rock, Wet Rock” (Clickable if you want to see it larger in a new window)

3 Responses to “Thoughts on Photos”

  1. on 30 Aug 2008 at 10:27 am Helen

    I didn’t initially have that uneasy feeling about the clogger picture, but later I realized it made me think about that scene in Schindler’s List (B&W movie) of the little girl in the red coat. Hmmm….

  2. on 30 Aug 2008 at 7:20 pm Rebecca in SoCal

    Maybe that’s why I didn’t comment on the “Cloggers” picture…I understand the idea of the focal point, but the tinkered-with one isolated the little girl. Dorothy caught the sinister feel of the B&W church!

    Nice contrast of the rocks. Since I grew up on a glacial moraine, I understand looking at rocks, and the difference between their wet and dry appearances.

  3. on 09 Sep 2008 at 5:24 pm Laume

    I was just commenting about photography on Beach Treasure. Not in depth, more in passing, but how the best photos set a mood, not just a scene. I think that even the same photo came evoke a different feeling for different people, depending on our experiences. Something that makes one person feel nostalgic and warm fuzzy might make another person feel melancholy or uneasy. And even more interesting is that sometimes we take a photo and we don’t realize until after we view it outside the lens that we’ve captured something entirely different than what we thought we’d done.