September 22, 2009

The cement garden...

The Cement Garden

First of all I'd like to thank you for the comments on my previous post. It was interesting to read how everyone, though blogging, prefers to keep private in one way or the other, be it by not posting pictures or names or a combination of both. As to me, I guess I'll keep doing what I'm doing, the way I'm used to. Though at times I've felt REALLY tempted to post that "one gorgeous shot" of one of my loved ones, so far I've refrained from doing so and I'll keep doing so. After all, my girls didn't ask for their mommy to start blogging. And even though K. has been very supportive about my blogging attempts I do know for a fact that he doesn't want to see his picture here nor the girls'. And I need/want to respect that. Also because the worried mom that I am, I want to protect them. So, no close-up photographs of people on this blog. After giving it somewhat more thought the last couple of days, I decided not to see this as a limitation but rather as an opportunity, a challenge to photograph or portray in a different way, in an evocative rather than an explicit way.

The more pictures I take the more I realize what a wonderful and yet powerful tool photography is. You can use it to show the reality as it is. The plain facts. But you can also manipulate, frame that reality, create moods which aren't really there. I came to realize this even more so, while at the park last Saturday. It was a beautiful sunny day and a totally happy me. I shot flowers, butterflies, trees. As I was making my way through the park I came across a couple of wooden benches and trees planted near a wall. Left and right from this scene everything was green. So were the treetops. Kids were playing and running around, people were chattering and laughing. There was nothing there that would make one feel sad, or lonely. No melancholy, no darkness.
And yet I shot these...


The Cement Garden The Cement Garden

I manipulated the reality of a sunny late September day...

7 comments:

Andrea, the collector said...

Insightful. Framing is part of what we do when we blog. We show this shot of our lives, highlighting or focusing on what we'd like to illuminate and leaving out the rest. It is not good or bad, just part of the process. It allows to see things we might miss otherwise, but it is good for me to remember it is only part of the whole of my (and others') lives.

I like reading your thoughts.

nicole/brussels said...

mooie foto's, af en toe een receptje, of iets om te maken, of iets nieuws ontdekken en ons laten weten via jou blog is al mooi meegenomen! hoeft dus niets privé te zijn om er toch van te genieten! ik bedoel, doe gerust zo verder, alleen al de moeite waard om telkens je mooie teksten te lezen en je mooie foto's te kunnen bekijken!
liefs M

cindy said...

you have to do what is best for you. the blog is your home and you can arrange the furniture as you like.

i love the photos. you have the best eye with the abstract and see things in a wonderful way. your photos are always refreshing.

cindy said...

sorry to comment again, but i just saw this, which looks interesting - http://digital-photography-school.com/quick-and-easy-tourist-removal-in-photoshop

mady dooijes said...

i agree with cindy: do what is best for you. feel comfortable with what you post.
the reason as well i stopped by is by the title of this post, it reminded me of a beautiful movie i saw many years ago.

jane said...

these are wonderful. i´m off to catch up! besos-jane

Pascale said...

Thanks as always for your comments!

Andrea, you phrased it so well! That's exactly what it is!

And thanks Cindy for the link! I'll put it up in the "interesting links" section...

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