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

DP Photo Challenge: layered

Macro shot of echinacea (I think) flower. As the flower opens, new layers are revealed. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Echinacea (I think). As the flower opens, new layers are revealed. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

One of the great revelations I’ve experienced from turning my camera lens on the natural world is how complex and multi-layered even the smallest life forms can be.

I’m still not great on the actual names of plants or their constituent parts (e.g. are these images of echinacea?), but I’m getting there.

Close up shot of pink and yellow echinacea flower, with open petals and pollen-coated stamen. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Echinacea flower, close up to reveal multiple layers. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

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