It was just a perfect day, just a perfect day, not expected, yet, by the lack of a better word, PerFect. Dew was present this morning but so was the wind, not good for macro-photography, not good at all.
While going a bit around the place for shopping saw, just the perfect spot. Lucky for me in my cycle bags there is a rain suit for the unexpected. On my belly, flat on my belly, with arms in the water and legs in the air for balance captured several perfect photos for the book.
The truth is, the round about way was to take photo’s of something completely else, that is life it takes funny corners. This morning, in the file for the book, were 17 photos which past the test. To make a good book it needs some pages. I been counting other PhotoPoetry books pages and most come around 56, this PhotoPoetry book will have 54. It is a good number 5+4=9 which is my birth number, don’t ask me why, have no idea.
It means more photo’s to take, after this morning, some less. It was even possible to take a good underwater photo. The camera did need a good rinse as it was covered by duckweed.
On the first sight the place is notting special, yes, still water, rest is straight on straight down. My eyes have a certain training done to see more than what meets the eyes. Bike parked, suit on and down we went. Once down, the feathers kept on coming in sight, one after an other, all totally different, all just perfect.
The above photo is just to lift a tiny tip of the veil, yet, it will not make the book. Look at the perfect dew drops. Today, the theme was feathers surrounded by duckweed.
The poetry writing is an other story, not one is finished, oeps.
All ArtBooks should be unique in a certain way not a copy of an other copy and yet that copied over again. So my next photo-poetry book will show only photos which are NEW and in the making. The poetry is slowly starting.
Above you see some very other equipment for the book. It is sooooooo much more fun to create new stuf time after time. Feeling free to try out, what you haven’t done before.
The inspiration came from Bjork and her song Black Lake. Black stones/pebbles a piece of black wood found on the beach and that old saggy feather from one of the geese. The lake was created with a glass of water. The slight green colour would create a slight touch of colour to the otherwise Black and White
With an experiment, you never really know the outcome, that makes it sooooo much fun. The above photo and the other photos will not make it in the book.
The photos you see here, well you hardly see the feather and could not represent Black Lake, not the video nor the song.
Sometimes the green of the glass was/is just too much. Today i went to some secondhand shops to get more glass equipment, with success. Yesterday found some more feathers. The experiment will continue. Some of the photos i will share here but not the one for the book. The book will be a limited print with certificate, thinking a number between 30 and 50. Which number do you recommend and why.
Many people want to know what equipment i use to create the photos, well here we go.
The small tripod i hardly use, it is handy when making photos on eye hight to keep the camera still and in position. A spare battery is a must, how often you find that perfect picture and than, oeps no go as the battery is empty. The little ring with lights is when taking macro in early morning light or in shady spots to help the camera. At times it give too much a ring of lights visual in the photo. The red thing right in front is, the cameras life saver, for when it goes pop in the water, while taking photos on the water surface. It has the site effect that it does stays wet after being filming under water, which force me to keep the camera in the air to dry out better.
The most important is the camera an Olympus Tough. It is the second one i got, they are just perfect in taking macro photos and are truly tough. The camera almost always gets wet while taking them drop photos and it get bumped against all sort of things. The old one was dropped big time on rocks and all but is still going, only no longer water tight. The new camera will be water tight for an other 7 months, the rubber rings will need to be replaced.
To get them drop photos you need to be mouse still and the object needs to be still. The slightest movement and the photos is blurred. Macro photography is a perfect way to do some mindful photography. With the Olympus tough you can zoom into the drop really nice, the camera has several good options in the macro setting. The nice thing about a small camera is the fact you can keep it totally still in your hand, helping you to get close to subjects that no large camera can find. A photo like this is hard to achieve in the studio with a light box and other equipment.
The camera shows you things you never can see with your eyes in nature, no need to pick the mushroom to take it home. Yep, it is a mushroom, a tiny mushroom known by the name Harefoot. The black lines are the spores which look like ink.
The computer does the final work on the photo. Sometimes i use an old but very good desktop publishing program to work with he photos and add text. The note book is indispensable on the walks and expedities, while in the spot there and than i can find best the words to show the feelings. Like any other artist, the land artist, needs to get to know the material/medium with which they work, in this case nature. To get so close to nature sure helps to learn from it, with a different perspective.
Before the Olympus i had a Canon Ixus and for a short time the Canon powershot. The Ixus was much better than the powershot to take macro photos. It was hard to explain to the people of Canon and other people what it was about the zoom ability in macro mode. In the end the camera came to show what i ment and the young men recommend the Powershot, which in no way could do what i wanted. Some months later i had an other try in an other shop at an other place and yep, this time the understanding was there. So the Macro was the main function why it was chosen, but now the underwater possibilities give again an other perspective.
You see there is no need to invest large amount of money on equipment to get the photos, just the time and the stillness.
Going back doing an other try, making an other, not.
Sticks stayed, dipper drift, tooooooo much debris, need to do it again.
waiting for an better moment
Sticks saved, put secure.
Waiting for the right weather.
The third try was ships law, 3 times lucky.
Line 1 and line 2
CONSTANT FLOW OF IMPULSE
ADJUSTING TOWARDS ALTERATION
line 3 and 4 and 5
BOAT BELLIES PUSH PERSISTENCE WAVES
READJUSTING WHAT WAS THERE
LINE 6 AND LINE 7
CONSTANT COMING PERSISTENT GOING
Finally the sticks stayed on the beach, not sure for how long.
The work was started at 7 in the morning in all peace without people.
On the way back people started to flow in with whatever they could carry.
The river beaches are a bit of a walk.
The poem will be a part of the Clean Rivers project, this September. What goes into the rivers here can go around many places in the world, even going around the world.
The poem is now in my garden and noting was left in the river, except my footprints, maybe.
The aim is to remind people of the beauty of the spot, without moralising.
Now i need to work on the film a new experience, which will take time.