2019 – a year of many changes and new chances. It was sometimes as difficult to pick one photo per month as it was for my grandson to select the best reed. That at least suggests I’m improving with photography though still a long way to go but that is no bad thing – so here’s to 2020! And a Happy New Year to all.
February: Revisiting old haunts in the East of England
” You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass “
April ~ Surprises in the new garden
” If you were here,
I’d pluck this trembling globe to show
how beautiful a thing can be
a breath will tear away. “
June ~ London a high speed train ride away & some delightful visitors
” It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise”
– Mark Twain “
August ~ everything in the garden is rosy
“ I love the hay grass when the flower head swings
To summer winds and insects happy wings ” John Clare
October ~ nothing better than Jim to cheer me on a sad anniversary
“yet still I know
how senseless this sense of absence
since spirit is a boundless thing”
December ~ sunset on the village duck pond
” How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! “
Tracing the year through some of my best captures and joining the lens artists photo challenge for Fave Photos of 2019
“Life on flat land is too easy for a lazy heart.“
Charley Lyman ~ Life in Portofino ~ made this comment on my blog which inspired us to write these poems in response
Adventures with a lazy heart ~ Laura Bloomsbury
Blind at first, in a haze of love laziness
sweetly swooning and prone to the horizontal
taking tumbles into a Midsummer night’s dream*
a spellbound fairy queen, lovely fool
of the sylvan scene, more ass head
than the well-beloved – those donkeys
braying balefully for fresher blood
Then full haste to a heterotopian haven
past the headland of hiatus, headlong into frothing
tossing seas, taking up arms with plundering pirates
and sea-legged as sailors in every Northern port of call
my body keel-hauled, I walked the plank and sank
through a tangled duct of valves and ventricles
Inside the chamber of the heart, in a pulsing play
the well-met by moonlight* joined head
and hands with mine, for an every day scramble
months of mountaineering and the uphill, years-long
struggle at the crossroads, decisions of direction
and riddles as prompt from an existential Sphinx
– until the beating stopped
*converse of Oberon’s speech to Titania in Shakespeare’s’ Midsummer Nights Dream
One of the More Unsettling Aspects of Human Geography -Charley Lyman
Oh, God, save me from the topography of ease!
How can love grow on straightaways? Accelerating
only. Never braking, upshifting, taking the corners —
never, never, never climbing the grade, reaching
a summit to fly recklessly down. Slight, rolling,
almost imperceptible undulations of emotional
entanglement; yet not tangled for you and I travel
in the same, unimaginably predictable direction,
and we become complacent, secure in our love.
Life on flat land is too easy for a lazy heart.
with thanks to Charley @ Life in Portofino for the inspirational quote and the pleasant surprise at seeing how differently we see things
Now is a good time to review the 2019 photo archive. The ever-ready delete button helps separate ‘the wheat from the chaff’ but before I do so, I like to review and examine why the photo did not work (aside from the obvious technical fails of light & clarity which even post editing never quite puts right).
Cropping is not just about removing blemishes but also offers a re-framing opportunity which may give better focus. I tend to capture images on a 4:3 ratio and as is evident from the following, this is not always the best frame.
Conclusion: To a great extent, the subject/scene determines aspect ratio for visual satisfaction but were I to want to print images then 4:3 or 3:2 are the best fit for standard paper sizes. My camera has 4 aspect ratio settings: 3:2; 4:3: 16:9; 1:1 – I should try using these variations more often, rather than cropping later.
Introspectives: thinking out loud with an aim to improve and learn more about photography. Hence the images are not always for show – feedback is welcome.