The architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe‘s dictum that “less is more” seems particularly appropriate to my current thinking about photography — and indeed life in general.
Coming out of a phase that has been too busy and too full of competing concerns, I feel the need to focus; to slow down and consider my world in a more mindful way.
I shot this image a few weeks ago, and although I didn’t actually dislike it, it seemed to lack any special quality and I would probably have deleted it, except that found myself focused on the almost sculptural folding of the fluttering, veined petals. This wasn’t particularly clear in the original shot, so I altered the colour balance to emphasize the texture and form.
I’ve chosen to post quite different edits. I think both bring into focus the delicacy of the petals, but evoke perhaps different emotional responses to the flower.
I’m interested to know which you prefer.
The post title comes from this Mark Twain quote:
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
— Mark Twain
And a year-end thanks and shout-out to Sally Donatello for hosting Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. The discipline of taking part in this challenge has led me to examine much more closely the way I shoot, edit and think about photos.