52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 21 Serenity

“What does serenity mean to you?’ is the question posed for the 21st instalment of the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.

I always find this view very tranquil and calming (not that I often need to calm down). It’s what I see when I look over the wall of our back garden. The two fields were bought with the house, so for a few brief minutes I am master of all I survey.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 21 Serenity

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 20 Negative Space

I sort of knew what ‘negative space’ was before it came up as the theme for Week 20 of the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge. However, I had to look it up to be sure.

And I’m not entirely convinced that this image – taking advantage of that special light you get when the low sun breaks through the clouds after heavy rain – is fully on point, but it is quite dramatic.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge 20 Negative Space

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 19 Ageing

“It’s the same story the crow told me, it’s the only one he knows

Like the morning sun you come, and like the wind you go”

 – Grateful Dead: ‘Uncle John’s Band’

 – – – – – – – – – – –

About three years ago, we scattered some seeds of an orange poppy and they keep coming back every year, providing splashes of vibrant colour all over the garden. Like life itself, they come, they age and then they go.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge 19

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 18 Weight

“Heavy as a stone. Light as a feather” says the prompt for week 18. Well, how about as light as a dandelion?

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge 18

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 17 Balance

Week 17’s prompt reads as follows: “Balanced composition is pretty straightforward unless you are trying to shoot in the “Accidental Renaissance” style. So shoot a balanced image in the Accidental Renaissance style.”

I must be honest: I had to go away and look up ‘Accidental Renaissance’ when I read that. For the equally uninitiated, this gives a fair idea: ‘Renaissance artwork is instantly recognizable for characteristics like dramatic composition and a striking contrast between light and dark. Sometimes, these elements unexpectedly pop up in modern-day images.’

I’m not sure that this image really fulfils the brief, but the vignette is quite striking, and it’s nothing if not balanced. Of course it’s a selfie, but does that ornate masonry reinforcing rod makes me look like a little devil or an old goat?

I leave it to others to decide.*

* Oh. Apparently, ‘both’ is another option.

#52WeekSmartphoneChallenge 17

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 16 Shadow

Something scary this way comes….

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge 16

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 15 Anonymous

“Go away, human. I do not wish to know you and you have no business in my hameau.”

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge 15