Conceptual Photography

If you’re up for a really tricky photography challenge this week, Paula is the girl. Try your hand at conceptual photography she says.

Right.

What on earth is that? Well obviously it’s photography of a concept, she tells us. She’s added some links that explain, one, a wiki, says that it’s a type of photography that illustrates an idea.

While I was walking the dogs in the cemetery I went to visit my favourite tree, this Ginkgo. It was completely bare and I picked up a handful of it’s fan shaped leaves, thinking I could do something with them. There were many more fallen leaves, I compared their colours and the way they decayed and my mind kept returning to the word fallen. When I woke yesterday I had my idea, and this it.

Fallen

Does this photo meet Paula’s Thursday Special challenge? Are you ready to give it a try as well? In case you’re wondering, the original photo is also mine and has been featured here before.

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17 thoughts on “Conceptual Photography

  1. That is brilliant my friend. It sends the mind skittering over all the similarities and differences between the two images. For leaves “fallen” is a natural part of the life cycle. I’m resisting like billy-o seeing war in the same light. And then there’s the soldier carrying his mate, probably a heart’s-beat away from fallen himself. Death might be part of the natural cycle, but death in war?? A beauty in fallen leaves. But where’s the beauty in fallen soldiers? I love the golden peep of the ginkgo leaf, suggesting vast periods of time – 270 million years. No human war then! All in all, a triumphant piece of conceptual photography. Dare I send hugs to the creator of this triumph?

  2. Ginkgo is my favourite tree, and I even drink the extract. I am glad that you could find a golden leaf still. In a park near my work, they are all brown gray and long gone. This was a really good idea, Gilly, and I am flattered that you participated. Thank you 🙂 Next challenge is coming a week after next.

  3. I like this. I do create art and admire anyone that does and with your photo and these leaves it really all comes together in a wonderful way to tell a story with no words needed. Well done!

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