As various obligations take priority over photography it is often difficult to be creative. There is no time or energy to get out and make new compositions, no time to work on more recent digital archives and definitely no time to scan transparencies from years past. Then I begin thinking and wondering why I even bother with this blog. Very few people look, almost nobody comments as the attention span of the average viewer may be no more than that of a hummingbird pausing at a flower…on to the next thing. There is no engagement, no conversation, no thought that lasts more than 7 seconds. And perhaps most viewers want to see very cooked up and unrealistic images that have flooded the digital world. Does anyone care to see something more honest? Or is a sunset with colors never seen by the human eye somehow more fascinating than the one that can take your breath away while you are witnessing it?
Does anybody get out to see the real world and appreciate the beauty? Perhaps not. Some questions for thought. I know, I shouldn’t care, but somehow, at least at some moments, I do.
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In the meantime, here is an image I made several years ago along a busy highway (not a pleasant experience at all). It was drizzling and the colors were saturated from the wetness. As this scene was farther away and not very accessible I set up my camera with a 200mm telephoto lens. The rain began to increase and within seconds after capturing this scene I had to quickly pack up and run back to the vehicle.
I love the myriad of colors here, the blue berries on the bush toward the bottom left, the depth beyond the aspens. There is a peacefulness to the scene…and looking at it I see the beauty and hear the gentle rain. The noise of the road has been forgotten and erased by my mind, there is just the glory of the scene and thankfulness for witnessing something real….