I hope each of you who in some way or another, honor or celebrate Easter, had a fine time yesterday. Christ rose so we could be free. Free of sin. The only path that works.
Easter itself of course has become a secular holiday as well. Easter baskets, colored eggs, bunny rabbits and many other things. That’s okay, although, if we all new the pagan meaning behind some of those rituals we might choose to forgo them. Under any circumstances, we should never forget the true meaning of Easter. The Son of God, The Lamb, gave everything for us so we could rest with Him at the end of our time here. He was betrayed or denied by His own disciples, sentenced to death by His own Jewish people, and executed by the brutal Romans.
All so we could be free, and have eternal life if we so choose.
Today I share with you two powerful photos from two great image makers.
All wildlife images need not be full body close-ups. A photo of a wild animal in its habitat, not only serves the purpose of disseminating information to viewers, it broadens the artistic scope of the image. Super close-ups that do not even show an animal’s entire face do much the same.
Below we have an image from Ellen Anon of a Polar Bear in its typical habitat. The fact the there is “breath steam” rising from the animal’s nostrils and that the steam is colored by the rising sun, brings forth the “art of wildness“.
Black & white, or shades of gray if you will, is an art form in and of itself. This black and white image was created in Nambia Africa by Rhonda Grist to whom I must apologize, as I seem to have digitally lost the link to her Facebook page. The composition and the powerful contrasts make this image a grayscale work of art. Very powerful!
What about when you have a color landscape, and you produce a black and white copy as I did below with a “high desert” photo of mine. Admittedly, when the original full color picture is dripping with color as this one is, that original makes the colorless copy seem a bit drab. Still, there’s art in the absence of color. You lose something but you also gain something. Evaluate each image on its own merits, and maybe we can really begin to see.
I am not suggesting we go back to the early 1900s and omit the color scale from our work. Only that art is in the eye of the beholder and there’s plenty of it to go around.
Well, I planned to keep it simple today and I actually kept to that plan.