Wednesday, February 25, 2009

On flowing

D70 - 80 mm, 1/15 sec f/11, ISO 200

I am sure somebody trained in the most subtle ways of the mind could say why we are attracted to specific photographic subjects. Not that I would believe this oracle without questioning it further, and surely not without a thorough investigation of its reasoning.
First things first. While browsing through my early shots I [re]discovered the feeling towards water and air. Only rarely have I taken pictures of other elements, and even more rarely of living creatures. This attraction/repulsion surely has a deep meaning, which I am not aware of.
Those of you who can see through it are kindly requested to send their pitiless diagnosis per email, least exposing the deepest recesses of my mind to the public...
To cut a long post short, I''ll be posting a bit of wind and water soon enough :-)


  1. If it's any consolation, while I love taking pictures, I find it really difficult to capture nature well, but absolutely love taking pictures of people. I love capturing an emotion or moment in time that reveals beauty in people. To me, I find more art in people than nature. The problem with this is that I wish I could be someone who takes pictures of nature like you do. For some reason I hold photos of nature to a higher degree of art.

    It's okay, Andrea: We are both insane.

  2. I love it all. If only my camera would be so cooperative. My problem with most nature photography is that it is so commonly done and by so many great artists, that I feel that nothing I can capture will ever compare. At least when I photograph people, there is HOPE of getting something original. I'm learning though, in photography, to just put the camera away and let my feelings be in the moment, so when I see something truly beautiful in nature, only then to take out my camera and try to capture it. My favorite subject is however, that runs through all my favorite photos, is light, and what it falls on, and how it affects everything around it.

    I'm not even going to consider trying to analyze why you shoot what you do. We all have our preferences, and with photography get a small glimpse into seeing through another's eye. With yours, what strikes me is beauty, precision, balance, and line.

  3. @ floreta: I don't know. Definitions are always limiting, and "The tao that can be told
    is not the true Tao" [from the Tao Te Ching]. There are many views I feel connected to. All religions and philosophies capture one or more facets of the gem, yet they are plagued by division, rules and prone to become sects. I am still searching, and inputs flow steadily from a variety of sources. I believe these are all proof of "ask, and thou shalt receive".
    I have endorsed a couple of approaches. A physical practice is as important as a mental one, for instance. There are mental schemes I feel more attracted to, but this is not the proper place to discuss them. To each its own, and a blog is for bloggers...

    @ Maggie: interesting view... is there more art in nature than in people? is there a difference, for we are both human and part of nature? Both are surely worthy ... and who isn't insane on this planet?

  4. @ Catvibe: my dear Cathrine, there is no need to compare oneself to some past or living great artist. Being original should not guide us at all, or we would limit ourselves from the beginning. More important is to find our language, even though is has already been spoken. Should we not write anymore, for all words have already been written? or indulge in music, for almost all notes combination have been tried?
    We only seek creation, the only true attribute to our very self. And creation is always personal and original. there are no sons of a lesser god here. let us abandon judgments and enjoy the beauty within.

  5. Beautiful photo! I spent days watching the ebb and flow of water over rocks, people around me thought I was nuts (even my family!) but it's such a fascinating subject. Perhaps it's the lure of something unpredictable... who knows, but it's truly magical just the same.

  6. after just a cursory consideration...i believe (after many years of working with newborns) that our attraction to water (in photography or otherwise) is somehow connected to our first environment here in this world...the womb & amniotic fluid

  7. I too have felt that my efforts at photography, art, music etc. would be sad ditto's of what others have done. That's why I haven't written my great work, or drawn as I should or learned the piano . . . or maybe this is an excuse for the courage that I am lacking to try and fail and try again. I was thinking that if we lived in the world by ourselves then would we do those things that we secretly wish to do. Yet if we lived in the world by ourselves, there would be no one to appreciate what we have done. Courage is what's needed. . .

  8. @ strawberry girl: indeed.. courage is needed. Are you sure we'd follow our inner self if we were alone in the world? it is said that a man alone, as he couldn't quarrel with anybody else, would call himself names before a mirror.

    @ qualcosa di bello: hmmm... maybe. I like to think it can date back to even earlier times, when life itself came out of water... sort of species reminiscence.

  9. I relaly like this photo, was drawn to it. Beautiful photos.

    Water is creative, as is air. Both are passively creative, in the same that a woman holds life in her woman and nurtures and gives birth. That's what you're playing with in your photos. Nice!

  10. Okay on another note, LOVE THE TURTLES & FISH, I want!!! How do I get, I actually did waste some time feeding them.

  11. @ gbenton: thank you for your kind words of appreciation and welcome to my blog. Hope to see you here again :-)