Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thematic Photographic

Into the picture, with a close-up leading the way. 

Carmi has selected " in the foreground" for our theme this week.

His theme, and explanation of it, got me thinking.  About how we, the picture taker, have all the power within every single photo, to present things as they are, or perhaps in ways other than what it may actually be.  We arrive with camera in hand, at a place, or time, to gather up all that's around us, and report back by our capture of it.  It's in that simple act, that we gift any onlooker with their own thoughts.  Something is what it is, except for those not able, to see the entire picture.

I've heard it said, that you see so much more, in a close-up shot, of something or someone.  It unlocks a mystery behind the photographer's view, and all that it's connected to, and encourages our own perception.  Would you ever guess that the rest of this church might be in complete ruin? 

By looking at this photo would you ever imagine hearing giggles, from so many eager faces, all gathered around this happy scarecrow?

What ever could be happening?

Yes, I'll take your hand.  But which one is real and which one is a mannequin's?

Nature scene 1.  Is this a forest or my own woodland backyard?

A most perfect place to plant a picture frame, wouldn't you agree?


Nature scene 2.  Ah yes, is this a forest, or my own woodland backyard?

The simplicity and narrow scope of this landscape promotes lines, color and texture, yet the emphasis on the unity and scale of this landscaper's entire creation is left to our own imaginations.
So are you aching to share your own creations of in the foreground? Then by all means hurry on over to Carmi's "Thematic Photographic."


Kalei's Best Friend said...

As always I love your examples... The angle of the church, the garden and the frame all fit the theme... U got me thinking.. don't u think foreground objects could be like our recent memories?

Karen S. said...

KBF- I absolutely do! Great perspective too!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I vote for milkweed pods in the backyard.

Very popular with Monarch Butterflies...

TexWisGirl said...

i loved the milkweed pods.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

I was a week early with my "different focus"

JJ said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Alexia said...

You've outdone yourself this time, Karen! The scarecrow, the frame, the hands ... what to choose? I have to go with the seedpods for top spot - great choices :)

Titania said...

A wonderful choice of photographic gems. Il campanile, lends itself to ask many questions, perhaps 101? Nature's bounty and beauty shows off the fluffy seed, ready to fly, where will they settle, which one will succeed to grow? Love the idea with the picture frame, ah well the camera in skilled hands is powerful, tells many stories,like the skilled tongue of the best tusitala.

Gilly said...

Karen - this is a set of very thoughtful and beautiful shots! I love the scarecrow and the fluffy seeds. As photographs they could stand alone, but with your meditative commentary they are all superb!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

'Tis another very well done presentation. I hope you-all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Bob Scotney said...

The problem with foreground shots representing memories is that the older some people get it the most recent (closer?) things that you forget. A thought provoking post with many memorable photos.

Galen Pearl said...

Wonderful photos as always! I wanted to stop by and say thank you for the cornucopia of fun and loveliness I have found here on your blog. I have posted my last blog post and I hope you will stop by. All the best to you always. Thank you.