Sunday, December 4, 2016

Scene & Story - November 2016


I knew from the moment I saw this photo on my computer that this was my pick for November's Scene & Story.

I often struggle with showing a feeling other than solitude in my photography. This photo is brimming with feeling and emotion, and it may be the turning point in my work.

The scene involves my daughter, her 8-month old golden retriever, Findley, and a hike in the woods at a family favorite state park.

Now you tell me the story...


Joining my friend Leon of Sea Blue Lens for our monthly collaboration.


15 comments:

  1. "Findley . . . Findley . . .
    Come Back Here . . .
    FINDLEY . . . FINDLEY . . .

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  2. Oh Sarah - brimming with emotion, for sure. Although I love to write, I think I'd be a terrible author because I have a bad habit of wanting my stories to be happy - or at least hopeful. I'm not sure I could write a happy story to go with this photo, but could probably spin a hopeful one. I'm going to be interested in seeing the direction your work takes.

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  3. Wow, so many possible stories here. This is definitely more than solitude - I see a person in despair, though I suppose he/she could be grieving, or even just deep in thought. The person in the image is out of focus enough to be genderless, so almost anyone could look at this and relate the emotion depicted to their own experience. Somehow the focus on the (irrelevant) detail of the log makes the figure even more poignant.

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  4. I love putting a story with a photograph as my imagination just goes wild....Since the log is in a prominent position and the person is obviously in distress my observation would be that maybe she stumbled or fell over the log and is aggravated that she might have sprained an ankle. Now her hike is over, Findley has gone on ahead and she is trying to figure out how she's going to get him to come to her and how the two of them are going to get back to the car. My two cents.....


    Sarah, your adventures in photography are an inspiration. I am always curious as to what you are going to discover next and I so appreciate that your share it all with us...

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  5. I'm hoping she is just relaxing while puppy romps around. Taking a moment to catch her breath.

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  6. I'm thinkin'...Missing Scout?

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  7. She's buried her head in her hands, upset about something that didn't go the way she expected. A friendly and loving little red squirrel is sitting nearby on that log watching her. He decides that he'll scurry over and cheer her up, making her smile with its nutty antics, but, oh no! First he must find a way to get past the big dog who watches him with suspicion....

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  8. The depth of field is awesome!

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  9. The first thought that came into my mind when I saw the picture was, "What happened?". I don't like to write sad stories, but this image really does invoke a feeling of sadness, grief or loss. So here it goes...while on a fun hike with her family she realized there was one beloved member who was missing, Scout. She sat down to rest and took a few minutes remembering Scout and all the fun they had together.

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  10. I love this!

    The focus on the tree makes me think that the tree knows something. The tree is hearing all of her thoughts and understands just exactly what is going on, but being a tree...it can't do much. It just holds space, holds her thoughts, remaining strong and wise, and providing a place to rest.

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  11. I'm thinking that perhaps her mind is so busy with thoughts of things to do, want to do, need to do that she is taking a moment to collect these thoughts into manageable pieces. Love this new venture you are on. Terrific capture of "the moment".

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  12. Certainly emotion-filled, and what a perfect capture of this moment, Sarah!

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  13. Oh my, it does invoke emotion. It reminded me of having a migraine headache!

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  14. I'm a positive person. I think she's playing hide & seek with a child.

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  15. I see her emotions right at the surface, with her puppy on his leash at her side. Here's this beautiful bundle of joy that she loves, but right now, all she can think about is that her mom has just lost her own dog, and that knowledge has brought her to tears.

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