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“For greed all nature is too little”: Lucius Annaeus Seneca Featured in: Artists’ Universe + Black And White Macros
macro, black and white, ben loveday, leaf, curled, depth of field, nature, greed, philosophy
Ben Loveday is a photographic artist based in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, with a focus on landscape, urban and conceptual photography.Images are owned and © copyrighted by Benjamin Loveday. Use without permission is prohibited by law. All rights reserved. .
fine use of focus…there is a certain sense of rhythym in this delicate rendering…and a great title
When I saw the leaf, which was about 25mm across, i immediately thought: grasping hands, and greed. thanks Richard.
– Ben Loveday
This is essentially abstract in its nature, the focus is fine in the selected areas and the shallow DOF makes an interesting contrast to the very delicate detail of the leaves. A stronger leading line for the eye would make this a winner as an abstract.
Yes, definitely agree about the leading line – I searched half the bush for this, oh well, …I think it still has a strong subtle movement in it, symbolic of the concept of greed, grasping etc….I find that in contemporary abstract photography most photographers including myself (particularly obviously with my abstract architectrual shots) go for the strong diagonals and leading lines, but lately I’ve bee trying more and more of this more subtle approach of movement, separated from the frame corners…to see where it takes me. Subjects are harder to find, but here’s another whith a similar compositional idea: Renovators Delight: Swamp Road , noting the similar swirling motion of the bushes around the ruin.
John- I think I should also say, that unlike most commercially oriented photographers, I haven’t set out in this case to produce and image that appeals to a broad audience. In this series (Life Examined) I’m trying to create a quiet contemplative, and philosophical, view of humanity’s association with Nature: hence the black and white, the centrality and abstract quality of the compositions in the series. My preference is for viewers to view the entire series, from one to the other photo (click “More Work” above), to link them in the mind, and consider the metaphoric and conceptual relationships between the image and the quotes: This is at it’s heart a “mind series” rather than just a “picture series”. Thus the photos are not about catching the eye, but catching the inquisitive mind.
awesome work Ben.
All the universe, held in the delicate hands of Nature. This is exquisite.
Many thanks Auntie Ba. It seems these are many interpretations of this photo. Very happy for it to be interpreted in different ways.
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