September 17, 2014
This entry was posted on September 17, 2014 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under Leaves, Nature, Sand and Mud, Shale and was tagged with leaf, nature, photography, rocks, shale, Shore, Vermilion River.
September 17, 2014 at 4:47 PM
Thank you, Ken. I find it interesting that the water around the leaf is about the same width as the water around the cracks. I’m not sure why that’s interesting to me . . .
September 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM
Fascination is a personal criterion – it’s part of our creative make-up, I think. I’m not sure if I would have noted the way the water on the down-side of the leaf so precisely traces the outline of the leaf. The leaf seems to be a trademark that appears in quite a few of your shots – you have a talent for finding them, Linda. Without the leaf we would have no sense of scale. It could be a river delta from 30,000ft up perhaps.
September 20, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Thank you, Andy, for such a thoughtful response. You’re right: I often include a leaf in my photographs of shale and/or the evidence of iron bacteria. It can—if you know the approximate size of, for example, an oak leaf—help with a sense of scale. I think the more conscious reason I sometimes go out of my way to incorporate a leaf, however, is that it makes the photograph about more than shale or, say, Leptothrix discophora. My greatest fascination is with the shale and the iron-bacteria traces themselves, but without context a photograph of shale or a Leptothrix discophora film could be taken as mere documentation of geological and biological specimens. Maybe I’m offering the leaf—comfortable in its easy familiarity—to draw the viewer in to look at the leaf’s setting, which is not so easily comprehended. Still, as you know, I often give in to passion and go for that close-up without context.
September 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM
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