I am still doing monochromes. I am trying to find subjects that require no “arranging” for two reasons. First, I am lousy at “arranging.” Secondly, I am trying to find examples of randomness, one of my favorite themes in photography as well as life.
However, I will share this one photograph that I did do some rearranging (mostly I had to move a lot of stuff before the camera could see what I wanted to include) but I still like it. It is, as many of my photographs are, from my extremely messy computer desk. I seem to have a hard time putting thing away. If I do, I just need it again and have to get it out. This way it is there when I need it next.
I am always intrigued by the elements of a photograph as to why an element is included or why it is excluded. It will take me a while to figure out why I would want to combine an Oxford Dictionary, a Reference Bible, a Triple A tag, keys and two wireless remotes both with the “panic” button clearly viable. All are elements with potentially strong symbolism.
House keys to lock out the world as I often do, wireless remote for the alarm to discourage intrusion, car keys for going out into the world, Triple A to call is there is car problems, The Bible, the house keys, the alarm remote with “stay” and “panic” included, “away” and “off” excluded. A lot of things that offer protection. Why? Socrates said that an unexamined life is not worth living. I must be having one heck of a good time.
“Every photograph makes two statements; one about the subject, one about the photographer.” Some photographs are more about the photographer than they are about the subject. This may be one of those.
Below the dictionary is a poetry book, which is not identifiable. Poetry competes heavily with the Bible and frequently wins when I need a lift, so why is the poetry book hidden under a dictionary? If I knew the answer to that question I might know why I take photographs.