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Colours

I am drawn constantly to flowers.  But even though their colours are so vibrant I still prefer to see them in black and white.  Maybe that is how life is, black and white.  I continue with my dedication to the loss of my beloved dog by dedicating these photographs to her and the happiness she brought to life.  Some people may think it strange to love an animal so much and to mourn its loss so greatly.  But animals can enrich someones life greatly.  They learn us so much about emotions and how to be kind to others.  And their dedication to their owners is immense.

Heavenly Pip

Summer has arrived at last……….

Finally managed a walk out to the woods today.  It was a toss up between that and falling asleep on the sofa.  The sleep nearly won, especially after having done a good stint in the front garden getting some of the weeds to give up their home.  Damn weeds played hard ball but I got them evicted in the end.

But instead I opted to head out across the fields.  It was hard going trying to walk along the furrows, not good for the soles of the feet.  But it was well worth it as I managed, right place, right time, to catch sight of a hare. Beautiful, gallant hare, my lucky  charm, my protector.  It must be an omen.  I wonder if the hare is lucky in Japanese mythology. Too fast for me to take a photo though.  Maybe next time I’ll capture him.

The wood was ever so peaceful.  Everything had grown so much since last time I was there making it more difficult to get through the hedges and under the canopy of the trees.  No prying eyes, no-one to spy on me.  Just me, the trees and my camera.  Oh and the birds with their beautiful birdsong.

Two

Experimenting is fun.  I still don’t know what I want to achieve.  I still don’t know if I will use colour in this project. I’m not sure which of these photographs depicts any of the seven aesthetic principles of zen philosophy.

Five

I like both of them.  No I love both of them, especially the black and white one.  It has one element of Japan that I am trying to bring into my photographs, an odd number, five.  I know that four is an unlucky number in Japan as is sometimes pronounced shi, which is the word for death.  So five it was.  These five trees stood out to me, they were growing in close unison with each other.  All the other trees in the wood seemed further away from them.  It was almost like they were posing, ready to have their photo taken.   I certainly can’t describe this photograph as Fukinsei, which means irregularity, asymmetry, but maybe it could take on some of the other aesthetics such as, Kenso – simplicity, Shizen – without pretense, natural, Datsuzoku – unbounded by convention, Seijaku – tranquility, Yugen – profound grace and last but not least, Shiburi – elegant, simplicity.

A Day with Nature

ExperimentGetting closer to what I want to achieve with my new project.  I am continually experimenting and thinking about art in Nature.  This is better then my last photographs.  The material is tighter on the trunk which gives the tree its definition.  I am still undecided about whether to keep colour or change to black and white.  The one below shows the difference it makes to the photograph.  You lose the leaves due to the colour disappearing.  I wouldn’t want to keep the colour of the leaves in either as the only three defining colours in the project will be yellow, red and blue.  And only then these colours will be the addition to Nature’s own colours.  The three colours are important due to the connection to Japan.

Black and White

Golden days…..

You can always rely on mums to find something that has been hidden away for years to be perfect for your project. 

I remember these sheets way back but they are a beautiful golden colour which will encapsulate the Japanese theme. 

Have got a large amount of turmeric on way to dye some sheets naturally too.   And some cayenne pepper too for a lovely bright red.   Just need to sort out something that will dye the sheets blue.   Woad!

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