Friday, August 14, 2015

What I saw / What I made

The reason I like photographing fishing nets so much is that I enjoy making order out of chaos. Big overviews don't do it for me, but simply wandering around and looking for details is exciting and, frankly, it's what I'm good at. So being surrounded by color and texture, lines and forms, it's like being at Disneyland.

In the first photo you see an overview of a pile of nets. My "job" is to simplify the view, find something within the whole to frame and present.

What I liked about the big pile of nets was that area in the yellow rectangle (first photo). I liked the slightly diagonal line of one rope holding the bundle of nets together. And I liked how the edge of the netting sort of swoops down there in the bottom right corner. Two big diagonal lines going two directions that enclose the repeating pattern of all the ropes, which also are moving diagonally, just in a softer curve.

I probably could have stood there and made four more photos, but like a kid, I wanted to see MORE, so off I went.

How to see is the hardest thing to teach, so I just thought you'd like to see what I saw and what I did with it. 

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  1. Excellent lesson. Always the teacher and I love it!

  2. Ah, you sweet-talkin' thing, June! Thanks.


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