Layers upon layers


Evening light, Whanganui River estuary. Image; Su Leslie 2019

This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge asks for interpretations of the word layered.

Do I approach it literally with the layers of a macaron or a cafe breakfast?


Salted caramel macaron. Not only layering of the biscuits with buttercream, but layers within the baking itself. Image: Su Leslie 2019


Hash-browns, mushrooms, eggs; layered to look good on the plate and distribute those delicious runny yolks throughout the dish. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Or stacked container layers, gone awry in high winds?


Containers, Wellington Harbour. High winds have wrecked havoc with the carefully constructed layers. Image: Su Leslie 2017

More broken layers?


Reflections in the contoured glass exterior of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2017

Or maybe layers in art?


Detail, ‘Wave 2’ sculpture by Annette Thas. A tidal wave of discarded Barbie dolls installed at Tamarama Beach as part of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Image: Su Leslie


Layer after layer of discarded Barbie dolls form a wave shape. Layers of plastic and layers of meaning. Image: Su Leslie 2015

And then there are layers created by the two-dimensional nature of photography; compressing landscapes into bands of colour and texture.


Landscape, Canterbury, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019


Tutukaka, Northland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Not to mention layered images; double-exposures, super-impositions.


Double-exposures; a newly discovered camera setting. Su Leslie 2019


Photo-montage. Su Leslie 2019

Obviously, I couldn’t decide which to focus on.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | layered

44 thoughts on “Layers upon layers

  1. I love this layer series, Su. The images of broken layers are creative and beautiful. The barbies send out some serious message. The last one is like a beautiful painting. Thank you for joining in. 🙂

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  2. Obviously, I couldn’t decide which to focus on–I do love a good pun. Did you plate the hash browns? So lovely. The Barbie tidal wave–that’s crazy! Double exposure….I have got to look at my camera. The last photo is so dreamy….

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  3. Love your variety and crreativity, Su! The Barbie wave really hit me…and your double exposures! I have it on my camera too, but haven’t figured out how to make use of it – thank you for the inspiration!

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  4. And I don’t have a problem with you not being able to focus on just one approach to this subject – the more of your beautiful photos the better! 😄 xxxxxx
    Oh, my I don’t think I saw that wave of discarded Barbie dolls before – it’s fascinating to watch and think about. And I love the layers of food – yep, I’m hungry at the moment! 😄

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  5. Absolutely fabulous range of shots here, Su. Plus, they are so well-captured. You’ve really explored the full range of the theme. I am especially drawn to the Barbie sculpture. It’s haunting and wonderful at the same time!

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