Archive for May, 2012

Reflection 2


These images of cabbage trees reflected in the water look surreal. The subtle movement of the water makes it look like the trees move. I like the diagonal line in it and the shift in colour that goes with it. In the bottom image the White Balance was changed, resulting in the blue colour. It reminds me of the sunny tropics, and is the more lively image. Although, I like the colour in both images, for the Move Me project I prefer the top image, where the colour shifts from white to grey. To me this colour scheme adds more to the mysterious feel, and the sense of calm in the image.



Visiting my friend I was caught by the reflection of her house in the swimming pool. I am attracted by the geometric shapes, the simple colour scheme, and how the slight blurriness of the image gives it a dreamlike feel. The grate of the pool is still partly visible at the bottom of the image, and I purposely did not crop it out. I like how it is the only evidence of this being a pool.

Branching Out


Looking out of my window I was attracted by the intricate play of these branches. This image interests me because of the diagonal lines, the depth of field, and the blue sky. All that is missing are the birds that usually frolic around.

A3 Bubbles


My final A3 print of the images taken with the medium format camera. The images from this camera are square and putting a square image on A3 paper leaves a lot of space around it. I did not want that, so I combined two images. Initially I printed the one with the white spaces, and then thought it would look better with the black spaces, and it does. Even though, there is a lot of black the image has still got a feeling of lightness and I like how the bubbles are blown upwards, and how the woman is looking up, seemingly into oblivion. Lastly, I find it interesting that if you look at this image from further away, it looks like the two bottom images are the woman’s arms.

Under the Pohutukawa Trees


I love to lie on the grass under the trees and seeing the sky and sunlight through the branches and leaves. The world goes on around me and under the trees it seems a different, calmer world with only the birds coming and going. It looks like this image would look better if it was the other way around, so I rotated it and found it does not work.

Tree with a View


This tree is not affected by the power lines. They actually separate the tree from the viewer, and into its own world looking out over the harbour and beyond. The power lines give more depth to the image and I enjoy the sunlight falling onto the tree.

Xi Hu – West Lake


There is a sense of calm in this photo by Auckland based photographer Marc McFadyen. It is a great example of stillness in an image and it inspires me to continue with my idea of photographing “stillness”. This image was taken in 2006, and in 2011 West Lake was made a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. The freshwater lake is located in the city of Hangzhou in Eastern China.

Morning Sun


Opening the front door this morning I noticed the sun had created an interesting pattern on it. The shadow of the security door was projected onto the light blue front door. I am attracted to colour, lines, patterns and rhythm and it amazes me how this keeps emerging in my images, without me consciously looking for it. In this light it is interesting to see the similarities between this image and the Rooftop image I posted the other day.







Colour, Line, Pattern and Rhythm

I am thinking of moments that stop you in your tracks and make you look. One such moment was when I was preparing lunch and looked out of the window. I was struck by the beautiful colour contrast of our neighbour’s recently painted orange roof against the blue sky. Not only that, but there was also the sense of something that will always be there. Something steady, unchangeable. The sense was there for a few moments, before common sense kicked in and I thought about the people in Christchurch, where earthquakes destroyed the homes of many people.



One of the books I picked up in the library inspired me enormously. It is called “Expressive Photography – The Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting from the Heart”. Published by The Ilex Press in Lewes, United Kingdom and edited by one of the Shutter Sisters, Tracey Clark.

The Shutter Sisters' Guide to shooting from the Heart
Chapter 6 is called “Stillness” and it is written by Irene Nam. She talks about stillness in photography and the sense of peace that is to be found in moments in our daily lives, that often goes unnoticed. “It is about finding tranquility in the way we perceive the world around us and capturing it, no matter how chaotic and unpredictable the circumstances are.” This speaks to me because I am very much interested in capturing moments, people, and objects in our ordinary, everyday lives that we take for granted and do not notice, and make them visible.

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