Tuesday, February 2, 2010
January 25 ~ trees at night
After work I attended a gathering of art tour guides, and I came home wondering what kind of photograph I wanted to make with what time was left in the day. I felt the restrictions of self-confinement to small (image) spaces and decided to branch out a bit, but I didn't want to leave the house again.
So, I looked to my own backyard. It was outside the style I'd been working within, a change of scene different enough to stretch my photographs in a new way, and I didn't have to drive anywhere.
First, I played more with way a porch light illuminated a stand of birch trees. I wanted to expand up on the panning painterly look from the fern image (January 11th posting). The colors and soft tendrils of deeper shades were a pleasing result.
Then, I decided to push the photographs even further and combine a few images. Ever since I began shooting the images with the TLR/DSLR combination, I've wanted to put together several landscapes into a single image document, but I haven't made time to do that yet. The idea of overlapping and working on an image with the physical marks of my own hand, however, was not something I had been pondering much. I was thinking about drawings and paintings when I worked with this, and it evolved not from a master plan, but fluidly, of its own volition.
There is no right way to make a photo. Who's to say what should or should not be in focus, or that anything needs to be? I'm not pleased with every aspect of this image, but I like the concept enough that I will probably work on it some more.
Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor AFD 50mm f/1.4
Posted by Jen Dolen