Life seems quite stressful at the moment. The Big T is out of the country for two weeks, workplace politics are spoiling my enjoyment of a project I’ve hitherto loved, and I have some ongoing, low-level pain that’s quietly driving me crazy. So I’m trying to focus on the good stuff; friends, my darling son, my home – and most of all living in a country where I can go about daily life without fear of snipers, rocket fire, suicide bombers or air strikes.
Today I bought mandarins; small, sweet, juicy and very fresh. They were packaged – not in the usual polythene bags – but in plastic mesh, which reminded me of the string bags my mum used to carry fruit and veg home in.
I had all but thrown the bags away when I noticed the lovely sculptural quality of the pliant mesh. I’m happy enough with the photos I took; but happier still with the edits.
I like the way the layers of mesh form different patterns in the shot below, and I think darkening it accentuates the contrast between the fine plastic thread and the background.
I particularly like this black and white shot which abstracts the mesh even further.
Changing the colour palette removes the shot even further from the reality of a fruit bag.
As does the opposite – increased saturation and a paint-like effect.
This week it’s challenger’s choice in Sally’s Phoneography and non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge. Pop over and have a look at Sally’s post, and those of other bloggers.