On Nature’s Whim

Isn’t it sometimes hard to tell if something was arranged or just happened? Esspecially when looking at photographs, we often are at a loss.

The situation you see here was composed by nature, and I only positioned it in a frame. While many photographers arrange people and things so they look natural in their photos, I love to do it the other way round – I do not arrange but love my subjects to look like they were deliberately positioned.

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18 thoughts on “On Nature’s Whim

  1. Graham

    I like this very much. I think finding scenes like this is a great skill – a way of seeing which allows you to recognise a composition and frame it to best advantage. Great work, Tobias.

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    1. tms Post author

      Hi Graham! Thanks for visiting, and thank you for your kind comment. I’d say, you have it (too) – the knack for finding good scenes…

  2. lynnwiles

    I agree with you about finding the right composition, not composing – with the exception of still lifes. Excellent image.

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  3. David Warren

    I can only get too much of that – just not a master of arranging my composition of what is in front of me.

    This looks arranged, and other than in an abstract emotive way, I would ask why. It’s why I don’t like putting the most beautiful women in front of the most beautiful landscapes… (not saying I could get them to). There exists something, I only know as belonging to something, that says… allow them come to them, and I will shoot.

    So yes I like it… It’s dark without reason. Can I quote Cohen here,
    ‘Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
    They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on.
    And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
    Oh I hope you run into them, you who’ve been travelling so long. ‘

    ‘I hope you run into them soon.’

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    1. tms Post author

      David, I am not sure I quite understand you. “An abstract emotive way” just does not sound too bad to me, though what never ceases to fascinate me is the fact that these things are just there! Theses are really objets trouvés, actual parts of reality that leave their trace on my films … Thank you for commenting!

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