Out of Chaos grows Order

Running of the Whimsies

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge challenges us to embrace disorder and its creative power with the theme of Chaos.  The concept of Chaos is very old, as it was the starting point for creation in Greek mythology, albeit personified enough to have children in Gaia, Tartarus and Eros.

For me, Chaos is a great starting point, from which to create or recognize that, which was created, but hidden by a maelstrom of randomness.

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Field Whimsies

This image shows us a significant amount of chaos, but we rapidly detect a pattern; from this we discern that there is a migration in progress.  The Whimsies are racing for their lives; from what they run, we cannot tell yet, but it is likely to be a significant threat.

Faerie Loops

Dancing through the tall grasses

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Faerie Loops

Faerie Loops is a rather whimsical image that allows the concept of faerie folk to dance through our heads! This was inspired by the color of the light and the way it played across the grassy area.

This image is presented here, as an illustration of one of the many ways that abstraction can be achieved through in-camera techniques.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas about this image!

All who wander…

While lost, something new is found

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Exit

Urban exploration aka urbex has become immensely popular over the past decade to the point that it is mainstream photography.  When increases in processor power made HDR processing available to every photographer, dilapidated buildings could be made to look interesting in completely new ways.

Of course, I have been guilty of a little exploration myself, as I love wandering through old, abandoned sites and checking for some unique vista that speaks to me.  When moving through a building, I let my mind wander and lose itself within the possibilities of transformation through fantasy.

Part of my process relies on visualization of the alternate spin that I can put on the image, so that viewers can feel themselves transported into an alternate reality.  Allowing my imagination to roam free across the landscape of my mind is an enjoyable, stimulating aspect of photography, which is very much enabled by HDR processing, about which I will write more in a future post.

The site of this image was the farm for a state hospital; the structure has been razed since I captured this image.  On the day that I captured this image, the outside light was extremely bright and harsh, giving enough light to get the great definition in the floor and walls.

We’re looking past the animal stalls toward an open door, a possible exit from the dark, stark area, where we find ourselves.  Is it a safe exit, or will it lead into a dimensional trap/