Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A Tulip's Demise


I'm reading a book by Freeman Patterson about nature photography. One of the things that he talks about is taking pictures of both life and death. The tendency for me is to want to only photograph the lovely looking things. Patterson encourages photographers to include photos that will tell the complete story of the circle of life (okay, he didn't word it quite so Disney like).

This is one of my attempts at photographing death. This flower was on the path between tulip fields when we were at the tulip festival last week. It had obviously been stepped on and driven over, but it caught my eye.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 36mm, f/8.0, 1/25 sec, ISO 50

15 Comments:

Blogger Tony said...

I like this as much as the living flower pics, its quirky and as you say gives a full circle to a series of images. This works better for its simplicity of the image and the warmth of the sandy soil..

10:31 PM, May 02, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

I like your concept on life and death images.I'm not a big fan of this shot but it is a powerful image.I would have preferred a black background here too then it would be perfect for me.(Although I know it is not your habit to pick up dead flowers off the ground and carry them back home :-P)

1:55 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

The Blogger comment system seems to be having problems - I'm able to comment because I'm using Opera right now (beta 9)

1:55 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

Horticultural road kill?

I have pictures of similar nature, but I haven't done one where the flower is on the ground like that, rather, usually whithering on the stalk.

I like the simplicity here.

3:14 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

I think there is beauty in nearly everything if you look close enough. At least that's what I experienced.

6:10 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger heather said...

This picture is sad and pretty. I liked it when Bethany posted it on her site and I like it here.

6:53 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Kris said...

hmm..strong image !
I took something similar earlier today..let me upload :)

10:55 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

Nice idea - although its notyour best - the concept is great tho -

I have a new image that I would love some feedback on - please feel free to visit and leave a detailed comment -

6:40 PM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

I like this concept as well, although it only really works with dead plant life. If I photographed some of the horrific results when a racoon or skunk meets a speeding car tire, my visitor numbers would dwindle considerably!

6:56 PM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Ali said...

I like the compostion of this shot, but I really think that this image would have look tons better if the flower would have been alive and colourful.

1:55 AM, May 04, 2006  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

this shows "death" well. - it's something people don't portray in their images often..you have done it well! cheers ;)

3:16 AM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger heather said...

It seems a lot of your commentors are missing the beauty and the point of the crushed tulip picture. No, it may not be your best in terms of composition but it is definitly is the most powerful you've image you've posted in terms of message. Maybe some of these people need to read the post on Joseph Bethany posted alongside this picture on her blog? :)

Have a great day Tim. Oh, and I hear you're going to have a new nephew soon via Andy and Ruth Ann! Congrats!

7:26 AM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger Don said...

Very expressive shot. Our culture doesn't deal well with the idea of death. Powerful message here.

7:37 AM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

Wonderfully done!!

1:15 PM, May 04, 2006  
Anonymous Joann said...

This is a great example of what you're talking about. I find it quite lovely, but then I'm a fan of simple, straightforward compositions like this. The textures in the dirt and the dirt on the flower really add to it.

7:53 PM, May 15, 2006  

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