Saturday, November 21, 2009

SIMPLICITY

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This week's theme is Simplicity. I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what that means to me personally, or in my photographs. Believe me, I came up with all sorts of photos that, to me, portrayed simplicity. Then I started THINKING....always an uh oh.

I thought of this one:


Yeah, looks simple, right? But then I start thinking about what made that silt so deceiving; cracked and dry on the surface, but muck less than a centimeter underneath. The grass looks like simplicity, but it started a whole conversation with myself about the origins of the earth, and what it takes to make a simple seed grow somewhere, and photosynthesis, and chlorophyll, and all of a sudden it didn't seem so simple. At all.

Anyway, I love the idea of simple, and living simply. But just like trying to find a "simple" photograph, it's not so easy to live that way.

5 comments:

Heather said...

Oh, don't I know it and here I am called "Simply Heather" :)

This is awesome, Lisa. I do the same thing, you and I would be a pair - probably exhaust one another with our thoughts, but they would be so similar, I imagine :)

A friend that I'd love to have some down time with, just to rest and appreciate...you are.

Pam said...

What a great photo!

septembermom said...

Really cool. I feel like I could touch the surface.

GB said...

I appreciate your sentiments on this one. Nothing I posted on was simple if you analyse it so I cheated and just used a simple version of whatever the theme I was photographing was: a piece of pottery or whatever. There is nothing in life which is simple if you dig below the surface, is there. It's a relative term.

GingerV said...

WONDERFUL!

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