HeyJude’s challenge this week is to ‘approach your photograph with an eye for shape rather than form… Shapes are squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles… two-dimensional and “flat” in nature.’
Some challenges are easier than others. I did manage to find one picture I thought might qualify. The building interests me because of its stark rectangles. The flower beds in the middle ground are geometrical. The circle in the foreground is fairly flat.
But the rest are gestures in the right direction. It seems I do not focus on shapes. Patterns, yes – and patterns might bring shapes almost by accident as above and below.
Many of my pictures of flowers are ruled by geometry of a softer kind. I can perhaps explain by showing you a picture I would not usually share because it fails the shape/geometry test:
I remember taking the picture and wanting it to come out well. The colour of the rhododendron was very alluring – just on the mauve side of pink. The lolling flower style with its yellow stigma interests me. So far so good. But the shape the leaves and flowers make is not pleasing. The balance is all wrong. I have cropped in fairly tightly here, but I also tried several other options that didn’t help.
This would not have occurred to me but for the challenge, but I think I am judging the shapes as two dimensional forms. A softer, less distracting leafy background might have helped. Lines made by the leaf stalks and veins (and the style/stigmas) make the picture unbalanced while the flower shapes are not striking enough to overrule the distractions and hold our attention.
I’d love to be able to look at this picture and think ‘nice flower’ as I did in real life. Instead, my mind tries to find a pleasing relationship between the shapes and wonders what the shape reminds me of. A flower in a gas mask, perhaps?
Shared for this week’s 2020 Photo Challenge.