Photography 101 – Weekend 4 Gallery 2

 Shine

Gather
up the fallen,
all those discarded
in the wake of
passage.
Judged unworthy of
pride of place,
they are the
unwanted,
the unloved.
Grant them their
moment to
shine.


When I was looking through the photography 101 pictures for my favourites for the Weekend 4 gallery I realised I had quite a few photos that, for one reason or another, I’d not actually used in the posts . Sometimes their composition wasn’t quite right; other times I just had too many for the theme – at first I was trying to put a only single picture on each post. That didn’t last! On some occasions I just wanted to use new pictures rather than ones from my archives. Anyway, I thought I’d give you a second gallery of the ‘discarded’ pictures. There are also quite a few other’s that were considered but which I’ve written poems for. You’ll be seeing those soon…

I hope you like them.

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Photography 101 – Weekend 4 Gallery

Show

Parade
in happy fulfilment
the fruits of
labour,
cherry-picked
from a host of
entries as your own
best in show.


I’ve had such an enjoyable time over the month of Photography 101 that I couldn’t resist putting up a post for weekend 4, even though its no longer actually the weekend. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to ‘get out and explore’ as I would have liked (work) so I decided to share a gallery of the pictures that I thought were my best entries. They’re in no particular order except for the first, which is my personal favourite – the bee.

Are they the pictures you would have chosen or have I missed out the one you liked best?

Photpgraphy 101 – Double

soul

Consciousness

Viewing
life through the
glassy sheen
of material
reality,
its gaze remains
consumed by a
sweeping vista
beyond
mortal eyes.
It is your
double,
existing upon a
wider plain,
reflecting
infinitely onward.
It is the
owner
of the voice
that whispers
behind your thoughts.
It is
pure energy,
encompassing self
It is
you,
to the deepest
level of
being.

woman soul


I’m quite fascinated by theories of consciousness. As part of my Open University degree I took  the course ‘Philosophy of the Mind’ and found all of the different ideas intriguing. Unfortunately the main focus was always on the physicalist approaches, which argue that consciousness is purely related to the physical body and without it cannot exist. Dualism – the theory that body and soul are separate entities –  is a theory, or so we were informed, with such big holes that it cannot be supported. When you consider that most religions follow a dualist approach, this is an interesting stance.  My own personal view is probably closest to one theory that we barely brushed upon – that a spark of consciousness exists in every particle in existence and that the level of consciousness relates to the way in which these particles interact in creating a physical form. It’s a theory I could probably tear holes in myself if I wanted but I don’t plan to do so any time soon. 😀  Here’s a link to a Wikipedia page on the subject if anyone wants to read a little more.

The two photos above were both taken using ornaments and a mirror. The first is one of a pair of African heads that my Grandfather brought back from his travels in the 1960s. The second is a figure that my sister bought me a few years ago.

Here are a few more photos taken today. As you can see, I had lots of fun with the pair of heads – though I did try to find a few other things!

heads aligned heads warmHeads non aligned  cow jugs boat

Photography 101 – Edge

      Mossy Fence

Divisions

We draw lines,
create
walls and fences,
borders,
to divide the ground
into mine and
yours,
claiming ownership
of a landscape,
of an Earth,
that will persist
long after our
demise.
Does it belong
to me?
To you?
Can it belong to
anyone?
We are but
a fleeting presence
in an existence
that stretches for
millennia.

Fence with tree


I finally managed to get a post up on time – just! And actually with the pictures I took today. I didn’t think that was going to happen. Ordinarily I would perspective trim this a little on Photoshop to remove the lamp-post on the far right hand side without losing any width. Unfortunately I had been using a trial version of Photoshop cc which ran out yesterday. Rather than just paying for the full version of that I thought I’d buy Elements, which I’d heard would be suitable for my needs. Now, the program is bought and downloaded, but doesn’t want to install. ::sigh:: This means that I don’t have any Photoshop right now, which is irritating. Add to this that my dinosaur of a computer also won’t read my camera… and it keeps freezing… and some files won’t open…

I think I need a new computer.

Anyway, here are a few of the pictures from my archive that, for a while, I was considering using for this post. In case you can’t tell – I have a fondness for fences in photos.

snowy fence Overgrown fencesnowy day

 

Photography 101 – Glass

    Rays4

Rays

As light
reflects from
surface to
surface,
a smile
passes from
face to
face,
a laugh
echoes from
voice to
voice,
love
reaches from
heart to
heart
and joy
spreads from
soul to
soul.


I had great fun playing around with candles and cut glass bowls. I hope you like the effect I managed to create.

Here are a few more shots:

Rays 2Half sun bowl

Photography 101 – Treasure

bee in flight cropped

Bee

Awaken
in shades of amber
to a life of
fertile creativity,
performing
the timeless dance
for the queen,
Mother
of the hive.
Defiant
of earthbound laws,
find harmony and
take flight
on diaphanous wings,
following
the entrancing essence
in search of
precious gold.


I adore bees – I’ve always said that someday I will keep hives –  so when I saw the theme of ‘treasure’ it didn’t take me long to decide what to focus my post on. They are a treasure to me and, I believe, the world. Bees pollinate a large proportion of the fruit and vegetables that we consume and unfortunately they are vanishing from around the globe. There are various reasons for this, including pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat. If you want to learn more about bees and the dangers they are facing, you can go here.

I also love the symbolism of bees and their importance to mankind, stretching back through the ages. An interesting (if rather long) article on this can be found here.

Here are a few more pictures I took – all from the same session, in case you can’t tell! I do have others but the bees weren’t as in focus. As it’s nearly December and I live in England I’m sure you can also guess that these are from my archive.

I hope you like them.

bee 4 bee from back croppedbee with proboscis

Bye-de-byes. 🙂

Photography 101 – Weekend 3 – Detail in Architecture

Ageless Splendour

See the beauty
in the detail:
each elegant curve,
each fragile
carving,
all remnants of
ages past.

See how the
smallest wonders are
concealed in
nooks and
corners,
every recess
holding its secrets.

See how nature
seeks to reclaim:
moss inching over
stonework,
birds making home
anyplace
they desire.

See the efforts
of modern society:
eager support
to stay the
decay of years.
But how long can it
be held back?


I’m not quite sure how I found the time, but I decided to take some photos of Newark Castle again for this weekend’s challenge. As per the specifications on photo 101, there are establishing shots but I’ve also focussed in on the detail. There are so many pictures I could share with you, but I thought I’d limit it to eleven. I’d intended to limit it to ten (a nice round number), but each of these insisted on being included – especially once the poem had been written!

The challenge was also to try out a different form of gallery – well, I tried out all the different ones but then decided I didn’t particularly like them. As you can see, I ended up back with my familiar layout, tiled mosaic.

I hope you all like it.

Bye-de-byes