Signs of Life
Capturing Distinctive Moments
Distinctive Moments Photography. This is a high-magnification photograph of Phalaenopsis. The camera was pointing into afternoon sunlight. I captured the image as soon as it appeared. It is abstract, I trust. I don’t think you could recognise it as Phalaenopsis. You might recognise it as a flower.
Why take it? It has some depth. A foreground and a background. Depth is difficult to achieve in close-up photography. I might have seen a small achievement there.
The background is well-enough defined to draw the eye forward. It is also better lit. So, I think there is movement there, towards the top. I may have got a sense of ‘uplift’. The foreground is fairly well-defined but disorganised. Not attractive. Ahead we can see something clear and simple. It has it’s own, simple, attraction. Beyond this feature we can see simply space. I find space vibrant. The image is inviting us out into the world. There is mystery out there. There is promise, but no certainty.
Unconsciously, I have based the composition on three squares. One is based on the bottom edge. Another on the top edge. The third on the top left-hand corner. I am doing this analysis in retrospect. This may have been the only image of a long series that seemed to have the right ‘balance’. I have no idea how I came to make such decisions at the time. They ’happen’.
It is important to me that the decision to take a photograph is as ‘unconscious’ as possible. So, I don’t allow myself time to ‘think’. I am trying to follow the teaching of Paul Klee https://issuu.com/barriedalesa/docs/issue_article_5
So, I hope that all my images are ‘distinctive moments photography’. I have collected many of them in the galleries at the bottom of my ‘home’ page: http://www.wild-haven.co.uk/home/. They are all ‘natural’, in line with the ethos of this site also described on my ‘home’ page: http://www.wild-haven.co.uk/home/.