Reflections are all around us, and can create a surreal sense of duality in photographs – says Jared Bramblett, who hosts this week’s photo challenge at The Daily Post. He’s used a mirror placed on a wooden walkway to wonderful effect – it looks as though the wood planks are reflected in a puddle of water. I love that kind of playing with the way we see and I’ve been interested in reflections for years – they catch you off guard, often providing an amusing take on your surroundings. So here are a few photos of reflections I’ve taken:
The subject is ambiguous – it could be the man wearing sunglasses, the reflection of the flowering tree in his sunglasses, or the photographer.
The subject is more obvious here – sometimes leaving the screens up all winter provides a texture you can play with.
The Everglades in Florida is full of epiphytes – those cool looking plants that perch on dead branches and gather moisture from the air.
Muscular! That’s what I think this building in Manhattan is. The sky it reflects on this day – poetic.
The Experience Music Project in Seattle is an ode to Hendrix, and the main building is extraordinary. It’s all wild curves and intense colors – so much so that on a bright day (there are plenty in Seattle in the summertime) the building throws its reflections onto the sidewalks, creating patterns that explode almost as wildly as…you know, Jimi.
This sedate building on the grounds of Snug Harbor, a botanical garden in Staten Island, NY, allows afternoon sunlight to cast shadows and reflections simultaneously, creating a complex puzzle of inside and outside.
More complexity – flowers, their shadows, their reflections, a frame without a picture in it – except there is a picture in it – the reflections and shadows of the sky and flowers, which take on a stained glass look.
Taken on the fly with my phone camera, this is what I love to do as soon as weather permits – fling my foot out the car window and maybe take a picture into the side view mirror – there, I have a mirror photo in my reflection collection!
More reflections can be found along with Jared’s photo at: