Grass seeds, Scott Creek Conservation Park, South Australia.
Negative split tone image.

“Nature is not conceptual, it’s real”, and “Photography is about the object”, and “Art is Beautiful”…all maxims of modern photography.

But think about this: if there was no grass seeds, there would be no wheat and no rice, in fact no grain crops at all. If there were no grain crops, there would be no cities supported by the crops. If there were no cities there would be no modern civilisation, and if there was no modern civilisation, there would be no Art.

It can therefore be said that grass seeds are a precondition for the existence of Art.

This statement is conceptual, and therefore the grass seed photo is conceptual, even though it is beautiful. Clearly the beauty is secondary to this meaning as the meaning affects so many more people, and therefore the photo is about meaning rather than the object.

Therefore the maxims of modern photography are all incorrect, or are they?:::

The aparent paradox is that I knew this before I took the photo, and that I framed, and composed it to speak this message: “The splendour (of both ideas and nature and art) in the grass”, noting of course that ideas and art are part of nature, as is everything else created by homo sapiens. But someone might say: “But isn’t it: the human idea: that partially makes it beautiful?”…and I’d have to respond in the affirmative.

I ask you all to think about this before commenting again.


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Ben Loveday is a photographic artist based in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, with a focus on landscape, urban and conceptual photography.
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  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 1 year ago

    This is beautiful, Ben. This grass was a part of my childhood but I haven’t seen it in the areas I’ve lived in as an adult. I remember it making soft noises when it moved, as the segments rubbed against each other.

  • Thanks Jan. Grass is a bit of a thing for me as well, living in the country. I have to slash it every year, so I’m very conscious of the different types and their corresponding slashing difficulty. You can’t really think about this without seeing the growing patterns, the amazing variance and the beauty of it. My favourite-the big tall spear grasses- with their big feathery seeds wispfully bending and wispering in the wind, are BTW, the hardest to slash- they have a large fat base, which just does not slash down easily. and then once you eventually get the better of it, the next day or two sees new 600mm long stems shoot forth….slashing is probably making it stronger..

    – Ben Loveday

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 1 year ago

    In both my childhood and for the last 20 years, I live, have lived in what you could call the inner outskirts of suburbia, but in suburbs seperatefd by at least 40 ks. In my current location, I see some of the same grasses. Then there are childhood grasses I don’t see and adulthood grasses I didn’t see as a child. I think I understand your frustration. We had a (childhood) grass called sword grass – the edges of it’s leaves were so sharp they would slice through the skin of even adults who worked with their hands. Lol, we grew up learning not to touch it. My dad used to say that trying to kill one particular grass witj Roundup was as good as feeding it superfoood! :-)) Take care.

  • I wouldn’t advocate killing it outright- the next year is then just a weed patch, which is then even more work. Its all about living with it, and optimising the effort. “Townies” with their society of instant gratification, fail to realise that beautiful things, including the natural world, always have a price measured in effort.

    – Ben Loveday

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 1 year ago

    This is beautiful,,I just love the colours!!!!

  • thanks Dlouise.

    – Ben Loveday

  • sedge808
    sedge808over 1 year ago

    nice PP.

  • Thanks Gavin

    – Ben Loveday

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 1 year ago

    Love grasses, the tones and textures here are stunning.!

  • Thanks naturelover.

    – Ben Loveday

  • Berns
    Bernsover 1 year ago

    This is quite stunning Ben, and even more so large, I love grasses but sadly lack the ability to capture them !

  • Had a scare a few weeks ago- the macro lens’ internal power cable pulled free, inside the lens, so I thought it was stuffed! But my friend Aldo came to the rescue with his Dad’s old jewellry tool kit. This is one of the first shots post repair…

    – Ben Loveday

  • The evil thought did cross my mind that you could sell the puppy and buy a macro, but looking at that big wet nose makes it a hard choice. …..JUST KIDDING!!!!!!

    – Ben Loveday

  • Berns
    Bernsover 1 year ago

    Haha Ben, we couldn’t pay someone to take that monster and I use a bridge cam so no lens for me !

  • Clo Sed
    Clo Sedover 1 year ago

    nature builds some fabulous dreamlands…….. I am very found of them…… beautiful image

  • Thanks Magali.

    – Ben Loveday

  • Wendy Brusca
    Wendy Bruscaover 1 year ago

    This is quite gorgeous, Ben. Beautiful work.

  • Thanks Brenda

    – Ben Loveday

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