Passing beauty

Plants and flowers


Stuck at home, I wanted to scratch my creative itch so mooched around looking for a still life study and found this Gerbera flower that had not fared well over the last few days. Transitions is a frequent theme for me and I was drawn to the Gerbera's beauty at the latter stage of its life. There's an elegance in the decay and an unconventional attractiveness in the evolution from its earlier vibrancy of previous days to the current falling of petals and seeds.

Another aim with this image was to do something with just basic photography kit. It's lit by window light (from the right of the image and from behind-left of the camera) and I just used a standard zoom and a tripod. The camera's mirror lock and self-timer helped knock out the chance of camera shake.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: 24-70mm at 70mm
Exposure: 1.5 seconds, f22, ISO 100

Protest hands


IMG_4176These small metal sculptures of hands are miniatures based on Peter Burke’s original and much larger piece, Register, from 2003. In that piece, based on a silent crowd protest, Burke used 2000 cast iron copies of his hand.

Here, I was struck by the morning winter sunlight, which gave beautiful definition and shadows to the mini set on my mantelpiece. For me, a small-scale reminder of beauty, the strength of the human spirit, solidarity, and the importance and power of protest.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: 100mm macro
Exposure: 1/90 second, f11, ISO 800