“Transcendence. Triptych Top Panel” by Colin Charles Harris

As I was making The Fragments of the Natural World book, encompassing many of my most favorite film images, I reacquainted myself with the photographs to fill it, and I created a few new triptychs that had not been previously seen or exhibited. The Transcendence series is a chapter within the book.

Rather than use computer technology to share one of the triptychs with you, I have decided to share this photograph separately as I do believe that it is intriguing enough to stand on its own.

This photograph is one of a series of very personal visualizations from the Transcendence series. Along with the photographs that make up the series, it signifies an evolution of the spiritual self. Transcendence is a culmination of my life quest to seek spirituality and enlightenment, drawing directly from my admiration and fascination of the natural world and my great love of surrealism.

Capturing the inherent energy on this planet, I have preserved images of my soul for all to be immersed in the experience.

Using composition to create works of light, form and texture enlivens me to find natural subtleties and present them in a uniquely beautiful perspective.

When I am looking through my camera’s viewfinder, these natural objects become so far removed from what they are, they become something entirely different. This is the primary reason that I never disclose to the viewer what it is that they are looking at, each person is left with their own inherent perceptions.

Contrary to at first glances, I never use computers to alter what is real.

What do you think are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!

The two most impactful features of this photograph are its mystery and its flow.

The flow lures me through the photograph, never really stopping at any given focal point. Each time I view it, even though I know what I photographed, there exists a great mystery still, and my mind is filled with a sense of wonder.

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?

It would be challenging to say the least, to be able to recreate this photograph exactly, but I am a real stickler for sharpness, so I may like to use a slightly smaller aperture next time.

Colin Charles Harris shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.


Colin Charles Harris, Royal Oak, MI, USA


Equipment and Settings

This photograph was captured on Fujichrome Velvia 400X, using a Nikon FM2 with a Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 lens in reverse, coupled with a bellows and extension tubes.

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Comments (1):

  1. Stephanie Duprie Routh

    November 20, 2020 at 15:33

    I see a panther in there! I love the abstraction of the thing itself.


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