Learning about types of contrast

As I write this I’m thinking of how I felt a week ago compared to how I am feeling today… and there is a big difference. It must have been a flu bug that morphed into a sinus infection, in the meantime just knocking me off my feet and putting me on the couch for the weekend.  
I’ve seen enough TV to last quite a while, though it was entertaining…a marathon of episodes from “World’s Worst Cook”, a few episodes of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, and that last episode of Downton Abbey (at least until season four).  
(There had better be a season four.)
Now that I’m feeling much better, thanks to drugs, I thought I’d work on my photo course a bit and share with you what I’m learning.
For the Journey of Fascination course, Kat invited us to look at our images and think of the types of contrasts that we could find.   My photo walk did not happen, but this evening I have taken the time to just look around in my room where I do my creating and found a few contrasts that I’ll share with you here.
New camera (on my cell phone) versus my very first camera.
This contrast in age, if you will, makes an interesting conversation starter.
 Empty spools contrasting with one that is full. 
Yes, I love these little things and you’ve seen images of them here before.
This image would be even more boring without that one spool that still has thread on it.
This little terracotta bird is a favorite of mine because of the contrast in the finish.  The shiny, glossy blue and the ‘flat’ finish of the red. And in this little sculpture lies the lesson, I think, that Kat is trying to get across.
Artwork, whether photos or sculptures or whatever, is more interesting when there is a visual contrast or a contrast of ideas.  I confess that this is not something I have kept in mind when I’m taking photos, but after doing this exercise I know I will be much more aware of it.  

12 Replies to “Learning about types of contrast”

  1. That is so cool that you still have your first camera. Something I wish I had done was keep all the ones I have had over the years. Unfortunately a lesson learned too late. Hope you feel lots better soon.

  2. So glad you're feeling well enough to spend some time with your camera! I'm so glad I have my first camera, I need to take a picture of it with my dslr. No iPhone for me, yet!! The spools are wonderful, not the least bit boring! They have such a nostalgic feel. I like that you choose a soothing color of thread. Also, love the beautiful little bird. I can imagine running my fingers lightly across it and feeling the wonderful textures.

  3. Sorry you've been sick, Deb, but glad to hear you are on the mend. I also love your cameras image — what a contrast in technology! I am kicking myself for selling my early cameras, but I have to admit I really wouldn't want to go back to film. Sending thoughts of good health!

  4. Contrast draws us in. It challenges and interests us. I'm glad you found that contrast in the texture and color of the little bird, it is a great example of what contrast does in artwork. I hope you are feeling better soon! It's great you spent some time on the exercise, finding these great contrasts right in your home, even though you weren't feeling well. And Downton Abby – we just finished watching season 1 on Netflix last night. We started it over the weekend and now we are hooked!

  5. Deb, the best contrast in this post is that you're feeling so much better than last week! But your photographic examples are great, too. I love that first one. I had that same Instamatic camera with the popup flash that you stuck little bulbs into. Love the spools – there's a big/little contrast going on there, as well. Great shot of the little bird. Just looking at it, I can almost feel those different textures.

  6. Glad you are feeling better – although a weekend on the couch, especially if it involved the season finale of Downton Abbev doesn't sound quite so bad (and yes, there will be a Season 4 🙂

    Love your still life studies in contrast.

  7. I'm glad that you are feeling better, Deb! I had to laugh about the Instamatic camera – I started out with a very similar one! Unfortunately I didn't keep it – it would be so much fun to have it now and show it to my daughter.

  8. Ah, I wish I also had kept my old cameras. I only have a film Olympus. But then when I update my cell phone I don't keep the old ones, but find new homes for them….I doubt that I will regret that! I had forgotten about bulbs and all the burned fingers…you brought back good memories. Your thread spool shot also reminds me of a story of my past….that is what is so neat about photography…the storytelling for the photographer and the viewer. I send my best wishes along with others. smiles: sharon

  9. Dear Deb…so glad you are feeling better, my friend. I always say there is nothing like sickness to make us appreciate our health…life's contrasts teach us so much.

    And, as always, I love looking at what you've been up to with your camera–what an interesting/cool exercise and made for some great photos.

    I'm sending tons of love your way.

  10. The color and texture contrast of the bird shot works on so many levels- I like how the clay represents unembellished and the glaze is, reminds me of watercolor painting where white is unpainted

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