Reality Check

The Ties That Bind 4

Photograph copyright by Lynn Bridge

I have been making photos lately. Lots of photos.  Hundreds, even a thousand photos.

Capturing images of the world nearby is so satisfying with my little off-the-shelf pocket digital camera.  I can be as dumb as I want, or as smart as I want in using the camera, but my joy comes in limiting my options of camera settings in order to stretch my imagination to the limit WITHIN the limits.

I look for captivating light situations, or contrasts of color in the environment and, using my experience to judge speed, distance, and angle, I flick the camera body while I press the ‘capture’ button.  After wading through hundreds of pictures, I choose the ones which are most interesting to me and save them in my ‘art photographs’ file.

abstract photo in greens, yellows, pinks, lavendars

Wild Surface

Photograph copyright by Lynn Bridge

Some effects, such as color, are heightened by making the images completely abstract. Abstraction of the object or scene concentrates the mind on color or mood in a way that looking at a snapshot rarely does. Which one of us sees, REALLY sees all the greens in our neighborhood?  The variety becomes startling when the green is no longer a tree, a shrub, a pond, but a smear or streak.

abstract photo in greens and blues

All the Greens

Photograph copyright by Lynn Bridge

In some ways, abstraction is more real than what our brain perceives when our eyes are open, but we are not really seeing! I am amazed when, after ‘snapping’ five or six hundred photos, I return to my computer to view them, and I see things in the images I never knew were there.

What surprises have you found in your photos?