Considering the plethora of various interests I have, I don't have a lot of hobbies. One of the hobbies I don't have is photography. While I've always found it interesting, I've also found it to be something else: involved. There is so much detail and equipment and technical crap to memorize that the "involved" part usually wins out over the "interesting" part for my attention span. Thus I've yet to take it up to any measurable degree. I personally prefer to stick to the "see, click" method. I also think that most of the photography I see - while it looks nice - is simply a picture. I get teh whole mood, emotion, sensory bullshit that artists like to convey with their photograhy....and I can certainly respect it. But I call a tree a tree and a dude sitting on a bench a "dude sitting on a bench"., regardless of whatever flowery concept speech the more artsy people of the world would like to use.
However, considering the paragraph above is only half serious and the other half dripping with meaningless cynicism, I actually do like snapping pictures. There is something about a bright, fresh, bluebird spring day that makes people that don't normaly take photographs - want to take photographs. Really though, considering I'm the one that took them...I'll call these pictures. I don't own a camera but for the one that came with my iphone, and I'm anything but a photographer, thus the shit I snap is not photography....they're just pictures.
This, (amazing I know), is a dandelion. You'll notice a few of the following pictures were also taken at ground level. My artsy side would like to offer the interpretation that this is meant to convey the backyard at an "ant's point of view". My cynical realist side would also like to inform you, however, that I was too lazy to get up.
This one I will honestly admit that I love. I wanted to take a picture of just how clear blue the sky was today, but at the last second I decided just a blank blue shot was kinda hard to place for a viewer, so I added in just a peak of the out-lier upper branches of my cherry tree. The effect is pretty abstract I think. You may call it crap. I don't really give a shit though so it all evens out.
Again with the ant view. I like it. This is what it would look like to the insect on his way to my barn.
And this, because deep deep down is a artsy fartsy chick dying to escape, I entitled "framing the sky." It was after I shot this that I realized what element was missing alllll afternoon - there were no planes flying! I doubt it would have anything to do with the volcanoes in Iceland. But to be honest, I didn't see a single airliner, even though I was outside for hours and the sky above my house is on a direct flight path with incoming Boston traffic.
So thats a wrap. I'm not a photographer, but I am a pretty average picture taker. It certainly was a nice way to burn off a few hours on this perfectly heaven sent afternoon.