Saturday, October 29, 2011

Form over substance

Here is the form. The trees. What is the substance? It is called negative space. There is really a lot of detail in this photograph, much more than you can see at a glance, but the real world of photo lies in what is not there, the spaces created by the branches of the trees. Surprisingly, I see butterflies and praying mantises in the spaces, but no faces. Usually, I see faces. Would you take this photograph? Suppose you were walking along and saw these trees, the grass and sky. Would you have taken the photo? The more I look at it, the happier I am with the photo as it is.

1 comment:

  1. I take pictures of branches too. Sometimes I like to get in close and look at an interesting tangle. Sometimes I see a face in the bark of the tree and try to capture that. Sometimes I see the tree as a person in the landscape, either standing still and contemplating something, or engaged in some action. I like this photo.