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Lens-Artists Challenge #110 – “creativity in the time of COVID19”

Covid19 – a term, rising memories to the pest epidemics from the medieval ages, where town became nearly deserted.

The current pandemic is kind of worse. An epidemic is limited to a certain region. A pandemic, instead, is worldwide. Here in Europe, the pandemic started end of February, that’s more than half a year ago. In the beginning, our government ordered us to stay at home. Only the most necessary or essential leaves were allowed. We were ordered to go into lockdown.

You know, I’m meeting with other photographers once a month for our monthly roundtable. Certainly, this wasn’t allowed. So, we had to start something else. We needed to become creative for coping with the new situation. Tina Shell asks this week for the Lens-Artists Challenge to show such creative ideas. Here is our (my) answer.

Instead of meeting in a certain location and doing our photo-walk as usual (the location is always negotiated online in the week before the meeting), we met online in a conference call for talking about 2,5 hours. To have a relation to our normal main topic (photography) I had a special idea. I own a deck of inspiring cards. Each of these cards has a special idea and is meant to train creativity in photography. This time, I picked one card for each participant in advance of the meeting and sent a photo of the card to them. One week, each of us had to think about the content and find a solution for presenting up to 5 images during the meeting. It was a great success!

My topic was: backlit (others were: hot, cold, yellow, from below, from above, from behind, blue)

Here are my results:

 

moss, about to start blooming very soon equipped with some dew drops (macro)
oil drops (macro)

 

product image of a collectible bottle

 

star magnolia in the garden

 

amaryllis petals in our living room

 

white tulip blossom in a vase on our kitchen table

 

oil drops (macro)

 

All of these are photographs! During raw development, I only adjusted the lights and the darks slightly and did some post-sharping.

Take care

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Throwback Thursday: don’t disturb my circles

 

“Don’t disturb my circles”. This sentence is assumed to be said by the Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer Archimedes of Syracuse. Despite Sicily is nowadays a part of Italy, it wasn’t part of the Roman Kingdome at his time. At that time the Empire wasn’t already founded. The story sais, he was working on some mathematical problems and therefore has had drawn some circles in the sand, when a roman soldier appeared during the Siege of Syracuse, a part of the second Punic war when the Roman Kingdom tried to defeat Carthage, to whom the kingdom of Syracuse was a friend of.

It’s said, the roman soldier became so angry about this disrespect, that he killed Archimedes although the orders were to only catch him and bring him along life and unharmed because of his valuable technical knowledge that could have been very useful for the Romans to improve their weapons.

I met this Gray wagtail one morning. She was extremely restless. For hours she was quickly running up and down along the pond where she lives. Finally, she went into the pond and in the end, she took a bath.

When looking at this image another idea came up to my mind, too. While she is standing in the circles and looking down at her mirror image, you could also say, she is standing self-absorbed in self-isolation inside her own-made circles at the edge of infinity.

So, that’s enough with psychology. Stay away from the SARS-CoV-2 virus triggering Covid-19 (aka corona virus disease 2019) and stay healthy during these dangerous times. Try to find some tasks to do that cheer you up or at least make you busy while staying in quarantine.

Take care!