Who else has passed this way? Cobbled lane, North Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie 2016
“To me photography must suggest, not insist or explain.”
Ambiguity in an image can come from many sources; choice of subject, an unusual camera angle or focal point, unexpected movement, or shooting through an opaque surface — to think of a few.
Detail, PixCell-Red Deer, sculpture by Kohei Nawa, seen at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie 2016
Out there. Visitors outside the National Gallery of Victoria, seen from the Waterwall. Image: Su Leslie 2016
By suggesting, rather than explaining, the photographer allows every viewer to create their own meanings and stories.
More fun that way.
Posted to Debbie’s weekly quotation-inspired image challenge at Travel with Intent
“A curved line is the loveliest distance between two points.” — unknown. Children’s art class. Image: Su Leslie 2018
Art begins with the line; sketches, paintings, even three dimensional works.
It seems to me that the urge to mark lines on a surface is quite fundamentally human. From paleolithic cave art to toddlers “redecorating” walls with Mum’s lipstick (true story — but it was my brother, honest); in all times and at all ages we seek to explore, document and indeed change our world with lines and all that flows from them.
Or as art historian Sir Kenneth Clark put it:
The difference between what we see and a sheet of white paper with a few thin lines on it is very great. Yet this abstraction is one which we seem to have adopted almost instinctively at an early stage in our development, not only in Neolithic graffiti but in early Egyptian drawings. And in spite of its abstract character, the outline is responsive to the least tremor of sensibility.
At a cultural level, line-making helps to define humanity.
At a personal level it makes us happy — and sometimes deeply unhappy.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” — Pablo Picasso
The joy children experience in making art can so quickly be extinguished by external — and internal — critics. “That’s no good” becomes “you’re hopeless at art”, which becomes “I’m not creative.” I actually heard a woman at an art workshop say that while introducing herself to the group.
I started writing this post for Debbie’s One Word Sunday, where this week the word is lines. Then I realised that when I talk about art, and about making art, I am also talking about happiness. So I’m adding the post also to the Lens-Artists challenge | happiness is.
… and then one day I came round the corner and there was a door in the field. Image: Su Leslie 2018
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” — Aldous Huxley
Posted to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | Open Sesame: doors and doorways
Evening light on Lake Rotorua and Kawaha Point, Rotorua, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2016
“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose
Pipi shells on a beach. Image: Su Leslie 2017
Posted to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | magical light
Tiny shells from Tairua, on the Coromandel Peninsula. Image: Su Leslie 2018
Posted to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | small is beautiful
Weathered fence, Greenhithe Pony Club, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2018
Security fencing, old aircraft hangar at Hobsonville Point, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2017
Behind the wire. Farm fencing, Tapora, Kaipara Harbour, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2018
Not quite clearing the fence. Helensville A&P Show, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2017
Posted to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | fences
A few years old now, but one of my favourite shots of the boy-child engaged in his favourite activity. Image: Su Leslie 2010
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | action