If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, this image would not have happened.
During the lockdown, all our travel plans were cancelled and even the local parks and scenic areas were closed. So the garden became my escape and a mini laboratory for experimenting with my camera as a tool for creativity.
After exhausting the literal representations of the fauna and flora, I tried tuning into the feelings that nature affords us when we spend time with a subject. I chose a flowerbed and one lens, and worked the subject from all angles and with all the techniques I know so far.
This was one of the last images I made late that afternoon, when the light had softened and the colors of the dahlia flowers glowed. Although the image looks nothing like a flower in the most literal sense, it represents a feeling of life and change. By utilizing intentional camera motion, I hoped to capture a sense of calm and optimism.
I have since expanded my choice of subjects for this technique, and find that even otherwise mundane scenes or unlikely objects may be imbued with an abstract character which invites viewer interpretation and engagement; there is almost no situation in which a photograph cannot be imagined or made if one’s mind is liberated from norms and expectations!
I have been inspired by many excellent submissions to the FRAMES website of the ICM technique, which has as many sub-genres as photographers! The freedom to interpret artistically is a particular challenge to me, as I have a science background (recently retired as a medical health professional), which has typically rewarded thinking in pragmatic and rule-based paradigms. Now to use the other half of the brain!
What do you think are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!
The peach/orange and teal colors are complementary (unaltered out of the camera) and the swirl of shapes leads the viewer’s eye through the image in a dynamic way.
If you would be able to make this photo once again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?
I could never duplicate the image, as intentional camera motion results in unique patterns each time (which is the surprise and fun of the technique)! Perhaps I would try using early morning light to see how that changed the feel of the subject.
Colleen Parker shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.
Colleen Parker, Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
Equipment and Settings
Sony A7RIV + Sony 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM at 200mm
ISO 320, f/13, 0.8 sec
Processed in LR with minimal tone and clarity corrections.