Monday, October 17, 2011

Week Three - Finding my Eye

Week Three's Assignment was to pick an item we photograph frequently and do a "photo shoot" -- take 50 photos of the item of interest from all angles.  Then select the best three from these.  Notice what our thoughts and feelings are as we are taking the photos.
So, though I didn't take 50 photos, I did take quite a few of my garden Buddha.  I collect Buddhas, and he is one of my favorites.  I always like taking photos in my garden.  When photographing the Buddha, I always feel a sense of tranquility and peace.  This time was no exception.  I love his hands, his feet, his peaceful expression.  I'm also inspired to live my life more simply. 
While doing the shoot, I did notice that in the beginning I felt a sense of losing track of time - almost a meditative state.  However, as I took more and more shots, I began to get a little anxious that I was overdoing the exercise. I began to lose the joy of the process.   
These photos below are the best of the "shoot"

I could sit and gaze at him for long periods of time.  He is concrete which I interpret as a metaphor for strength, patience and resilience.  I like that he is not bothered by the moss patina that is covering him.  He simply sits in silence unbothered by anything happening in the world outside.


Kat Sloma said...

Interesting observation Marilyn on feeling anxious. Perhaps that's a good signal that it's time to stop, that you've gotten what you need from the exercise. You don't want to ruin that lovely meditative state! I especially love the last image of the hands, so peaceful, and a beautiful complement to your words, "He simply sits in silence unbothered by anything happening in the world outside."

Carole M. said...

I love your garden buddha; interesting photo challenge.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Marilyn, This is a very interesting assignment that would help a photographer really see his or her subject. I have a collection of Buddha figures for the same sot of reasons- they look so peaceful! For some reason, I relax just looking at them.