I think what really fascinates me, as a photographer, is the surreal quality of the place. Every time I visit the site I get some very surrealistic images. When I was working on this image I could think about a variety of titles, which, ever time, would change the meaning of the picture.
Halloween is less than a week away but here the guests are already arriving. it looks like its going to be quite a bash. In the next few days I will be publishing some images of some of the distinguished guests.
Just before getting in the car in the Killarney provincial park I saw this still life of leaves and fungus. I made a couple of pictures but I thought the colours were a little too strong so I reduced colour, which placed more emphasize on the rich textures.
Yesterday we made a Fall colour trip to Killarney. It was a magnificent day and the colours were certainly at their peek and ever since the park has been made famous by the Group of Seven, the area has been immortalized by numerous artists and of course photographers. I took this picture on the shore of Lake George but I simply wanted to have another colourful Fall image. The clouds, the reflections and the colours reminded me of some of the work by the very popular American illustrator and painter Maxfield Parrish, who worked in the early and middle of the twentieth century.
It rained today and of course every photographer knows that the rain will really intensify the colours. Walking in the garden, which is preparing itself for the Winter, I made a series of images of the decaying plants. It simply was a richness of colour and patterns forming some beautiful abstract compositions.
On our last little photo excursion we found this old truck quietly decaying underneath some trees. On top of the rusting hood we saw this small figurine mounted on the hood,surrounded by rust and smiling triumphantly while raising his fist. I named him the rust demon.
Yesterday's black and white image of Lake Nipissing was quite popular. I still miss working in my darkroom. Seeing the print appear in the development tray is very magical, but I adapted to working on the computer I learned that you can still get that magical feeling when working with an interesting image. I made this picture last Sunday afternoon at Sunset Park. The sky was very dramatic so I hope you will enjoy this picture as much as yesterday's posting.
Yesterday afternoon we walked along the waterfront trail. It had been quite some time since we had been there. I took quite a few pictures of the lake. For me it is quite an inspiring landscape and the interesting view was almost monochromatic. The only colour was the blue of the sky, which, visually, did not work for me so turning it in a strong, almost abstract, black and white image with strong patterns of clouds and textures of water ripples was the final result.
It was a wonderful but busy Thanksgiving weekend but last Friday a few of us made alittle photo trip to the Powassan area. Surprisingly the colours were still not at their peek but of of course we made some fine images. I consider the Fall colours and sunsets the low hanging fruit for photographers. Every year you have to go and enjoy this natural colourful spectacle. The big problem is trying to approach the very familiar subject from a different visual angle. I like the early nieteen century British landscape painters, whose work inspire me when I make my Fall landscape images.
Have been busy the last few days but here is a picture I took last Monday along Kinsmans Beach. it was a glorious day so I took a stroll along the beach and saw this little branch with bright yellow leafs floating in the water. It made a nice image with strong textures and colours.
The annual Fall pageant has returned. The leaves are changing colour rapidly and I expect the colour spectacle will be at its peek just in time for the Thanksgiving weekend. Its the time that everybody goes on the ritual photographic walks. So enjoy.
Another image from my visit to the Iron Work store in Picton. When I saw these praying buddhas, I had to photograph them of course. But back to the idea of starting a discussion about the changes and the future of photography. We could set up a group in Facebook where we can discuss our concerns and also of course how we feel about the new trends in photography. Some of us are not on Facebook and might be reluctant to join. So in addition we could start a blog as well. Let me know how everybody feels about this idea.