What Might Be

Here is a series of nature-based semi-abstracts with accompanying text. Your reactions to the images are likely to be different from mine and my thoughts would probably be different on another day.

Images have so much to give.

1.

the wind wavered

a shadow

held me still

*

2.

breath sinks

splash of

green

*

3.

crackled hieroglyphics

eyes squint

and smile

*

4.

shudders

of color

their stories always shifting

*

5.

layers reach back

in space

the weaver rejoices

*

6.

breath catches

suffocates

under this chaos

*

7.

In Ghent

I gape, lost

in a distant century

*

8.

I always trust

you’re there

if I…

*

9.

rough path

squirrel chatter

keeps me company

*

10.

we were free

the clouds

sang

*

11.

traces

left behind

detritus of the ages

*

12.

I left something

there

for you

*

13.

inner circle,

outer circle

who belongs?

*

14.

no choice

immersed in

liquid relentlessness

***


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    • “Just beautiful” sounds just dandy to me, Ken, thank you very much. # 8 and #12, as you might guess were made using ICM. #7 & #8 are pretty heavily processed…#7 has nothing to do with Europe. In reality, it’s a photo of lichen-draped trees, I think Western dogwood. Thanks so much!

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  1. You’ve got some yummy abstractions here. It’s fun to play with sand as you did in #1. In #3 I see runes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runes) rather than hieroglyphs. That band of “writing” also reminds me of the vertical stabilimentum in an orb weaver’s web (https://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/close-view-of-a-female-argiope-aurantia-garden-spider/). I’m guessing you moved the camera in #9, 10, 12, and 14. You could have shot #8 through a curtain. #7 is lovely; given the soft tonality almost throughout, did you consider lightening the dark areas at the bottom to accord with the rest of the image? I like the pastel colors in #4. #11 is mysterious.

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    • Oh yes, runes is much better. Maybe I should change that. 😉 It’s an amazing rock, right here on the island but lately hiding under lots of high tides. (I like the Wiki article about runes, which I have never really looked into). Stabilmentum is a very logical word, I like it. I’ve seen that kind of web in yards and gardens, I think. Maybe the crosshatchings in my photo are holding the rock together. 😉
      You’re correct about all the ICM images. #9 and #12 while walking, #10 and #14 while in the passenger seat. The curtain effect in #8 surprised and delighted me – that one was while standing still at a garden while moving the camera, probably with a jerky movement added, or maybe it was a sudden stop of the movement. Wouldn’t it be grand if the camera could record the way you moved it for those shots? How fast, whether it was smooth or shaken, etc. Let’s face it, there’s no way I’m going to write all that down after every exposure.
      In #7 I like having some darkness at the bottom for a hint of dimension but I could experiment with keeping the same tonality throughout. #11 is another closeup of a rock made at the same place these photos were made. https://bluebrightly.com/2019/02/01/low-tide/.
      Thank you, Steve, have a good evening. 🙂

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        • 🙂 I’ve been thinking about that place, and another one, too, where low tides reveal nice rocks. Both are off-limits for a while. It seems that the daytime low tides this month aren’t low at all – the really low tides that allow you to explore things are in the middle of the night for the next couple of months. But if I have to be beholden to any rhythm outside my own, let it be nature’s. 🙂

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  2. I love your poetic images and words, dear Lynn. Mysterious and beautiful, they sing a song of nevertheless.
    This time, there are clear favourites among all the beauty, no.8 and no.10 in word and picture are deeply touching me.
    Soon while first viewing the post, I stopped before your words appeared and made my own, and often found me near to yours in mood at least afterwards. Near to you.
    This I found a good way to start my sunday. Hope you’ll have a fine day too.

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    • Singing a song of nevertheless, I like that. You’re bringing a tear to my eye when you pull out #8 & #10. As you might know, those thoughts are directed to Joe. I love that you decided to imagine what you would say before reading what I wrote and it’s good to know your Sunday began with this post – and coffee and some wonderful food, I’m sure! Thank you for fully being here…

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  3. The beauty and simplicity of the images (certainly not as simple as their processing) are perfectly adapted to the phrases / poetry. The words remind me a lot of Japanese Haiku.
    All images have fabulous graphics. Very, very good!
    Being today sunday, I wish you a good week … in this strange and kind of crazy world!

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    • Simplicity is a beautiful thing, and not always so easy to achieve. I didn’t want to call the words haiku because strictly speaking, they don’t adhere to that form. I even hesitate to call it poetry. But I’ve been strongly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic so there you are. I’m so glad you enjoyed the images – I certainly enjoyed making them. Have a wonderful week, hopefully only a little strange and crazy. 🙂

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  4. You are truly a mixed media artist, Lynn. These brief poems accompanying your photographs are proof of that. The first pair grabbed me by my feelings right off.

    The words of #3 stop my wondering what the image is: after reading it, who cares anymore? (But I do find the image fascinating.) . . . I see in your reply to Steve Schwartzman’s comment that it is a rock.

    The word “shudders” in #4 helps me see the image as reflections in water—whether it is or not. Lovely Monet image.

    The complexity of #5 makes me rejoice, too.

    Oh, chaos does that, doesn’t it (#6). Interesting image, beautiful color combinations.

    That’s quite a tapestry you’ve found and created in #7.

    I love the image of #8 and enjoy guessing the meaning of “if I.”

    Chatter is made visible in #9.

    I don’t know what to say about #11 except that I like the image very much. Is the poem a clue to the image? I’m wondering about stone. . . . And now, reading the comments, I see that it is rock.

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    • Thank you, Linda….it’s great exercise to take images to new places and it’s good to know that the results are worthwhile. The writing doesn’t come as easily but that begins to work sometimes, too. You realized two photographs you wondered about are rocks and by the way, #6 is a clear plastic tarp left bunched up on the ground after the rain, with leaves caught in it. Our kind of eye candy. 😉 Unlike the other images, #5 began with an in-camera effect filter that makes what the camera sees very graphic. Later I messed with the colors. And #4 is a shallow, grass-filled river in the Olympic Rain Forest. You have a new post – got to see it – thank you!

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    • Thanks, Adrian, so glad you enjoy the post. #4 is straight down into a shallow, flowing river that has lots of grass growing in it so it’s an odd combination of reflection and not reflection. Oh, that makes sense!! 😉 ENjoy your week!

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  5. I’ve been waiting for the time to reply. I’ll echo Steve S’s comments and say that I’m particularly drawn in by your 1, 8, 9, and 11, but I just get pulled in and lost in the elegance of 3. Oh, to be able to shrink myself to the size of, say, a small ant, and be able to explore a marvel like this.

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    • That rock would be an interesting trip for an ant. 🙂 It really amazed me when I saw it. One of these days, when low tides aren’t in the middle of the night, I will check it out again – it’s not far away but I’m pretty sure it’s not accessible except at a good low tide. You can’t help wondering how in the world it was formed. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Gary, thank you.

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  6. It reminds me very much of a tree near our cabin that suffered a lightning strike many years ago and now bears a scar very similar to your squiggle in the rock. I thought I’d posted a photo of it so I could include a link, but it appears that I was mistaken. One of these days…

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  7. Great work Lynn; an encore for your September 25th post. I love the way semi-abstractions tease perception, flickering between recognized objects and pure abstraction, and many of these do that superbly. Your first and third images are especially strong, and #9 and #12 are like stills from a really great movie you don’t want to end.

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    • Thank you very much, John. I like that in-betweeness of perception, too, and more than that, I think I enjoy the process of working with the original file to make something new and unexpected. The freedom is nice. The process draws from my training as an artist (in general) as opposed to a photographer (in particular). The movie may stop for an intermission but it will be back!

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  8. Now I read the sentences for the 3rd or 4th time and today I have the feeling I understand them best in translation. I love all your processed photos!!! You did a great job with the pictures and your words add up to the beauty and the deeper sense of them. I smile with you about the “runes” (it fits really well and I love those “signs”!) # 1-6, 11, 12 are my favorites this time. Your eye for art is exceptional and you connect them so well with your words. Someone wrote Haiku and I think it reminds me of it too. I like your declaration of love in nr. 8, which is so touching!

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