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Ansel Adams once said that a true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. He then went one to write volumes about his photographs, and he would apparently talk about them to anyone who would listen. So much for pithy quotes. Since this is my blog, I will ignore Ansel Adams, and I will use this space to share the stories behind some of my favorite photographs: what I saw when I created the images, how the photos came to be, and why they are important to me. Consider this a behind-the-scenes look at my creative process. If you like what you see here, please visit my photography website: RobertBurnsPhotography.com

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Red Vine on Green Wall 10-3-07

What do you see when you look at this photograph? Do you see a red vine climbing a green wall, as the title suggests? Look again. Notice that the leaves on the vine are dry and withered, barely hanging on in their final days. Many of their companions have already departed. The green wall is losing its vibrancy. The stain is fading, leaving large gaps of exposed cedar. The window is covered with a shade that displays a faded floral print, a whispered memory of better days. Now look again. The house, though abandoned and neglected, is still standing. The vine will be reborn in the spring. Exposed cedar is prized for the beauty it displays as it ages. There is a wistful feeling of endurance and hope here. You just have to look for it. Canon 20D Photo taken at New Harbor, Maine on 10-3-07.  Single photo processed as a pseudo-HDR image in Photomatix Pro, then tone-mapped twice using extreme settings to produce a grunge look. Nik CEP Darken/Lighten filter applied.  f/16 1/25 sec. ISO 400 28-200mm lens @ 64mm Click here to view more pseudo-HDR grunge images.