About this photograph: I am teaching a teen photography camp this week. I have 15 students ranging from 11 to 15. The camp sessions are from 9am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday. During the morning hours, we simulate a classroom setting and I teach the students about photography. Thus far we have reviewed manual settings and the technicalities of cameras, which none of the kids had previously been using, composition and light. Today well talk about posing human subjects. After the lessons, we venture outside to experiment with cameras and use the information learned. After talking about light yesterday, we took a hike to a near by covered bridge. In between answering questions and guiding the teens on how to use their cameras, reminding them of compositional “rules”, and pointing out light and it’s qualities, I took a few shots myself. This photograph is taken of one of the walls of the bridge. I noticed the light peaking through the slats, between the boards. Instead of focusing, I intentionally decreased the focus so that I could create a bit of blur to capture the circles of light in each strip, which the shallow depth of field helped create. As I was shooting, my intent was to convert the file to black and white. I do think I like that edit better than the original, but the green and white strips of light are also appealing to me.
To see the photograph in black and white, please visit my Thursday post on Monochromia. Which do you prefer?
“LIFE is a mosaic of pleasure and pain – grief is an interval between two moments of joy. Peace is the interlude between two wars. You have no rose without a thorn; the diligent picker will avoid the pricks and gather the flower. There is no bee without the sting; cleverness consists in gathering the honey nevertheless.”
– Sri Sathya Sai Baba
“Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.” – Robert Green Ingersoll
“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others”
“Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. Even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always be exemplary. And if no one knows it, then there are places that do. People like you enrich the dreams of the worlds, and it is dreams that create history. People like you are unknowing transformers of things, protected by your own fairy-tale, by love.” – Ben Okri
“Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits” – William Shakespeare
“I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped.” – Frederick Perls
It is somewhat ironic that expectation is the word that came to mind when contemplating this evening’s post. Why, you might ask. Because tonight I am filled with both excitement and anticipation, and trying not to escalate my expectations of the gallery opening I am participating in tomorrow evening. The Buck’s County Project Gallery has its debut tomorrow night and the owner, who is also an artist and photographer, asked me to participate when she saw my sunflower series earlier this year. I was very honored and am filled with gratitude that she found my work worthy of her gallery featuring fabulous photography by Buck’s County artists. Even more ironic, is that the author of the second quote above was born in Germany, as was Stephanie, the gallery owner, who, I believe, lives by the philosophy so eloquently stated in the quote.
“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.” – Lewis Mumford