Photography helps people to see.~Berenice Abbott
Macro photography has opened up my eyes to another world–a small world, which is startling in its details and its beauty. Fortunately, our guest host for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #130 is the talented Anne Sandler who invites us to share some close-up or macro shots. I will do that with pleasure, Anne!
This first image of a kiwi fruit was shot earlier this week in my kitchen window on a bright, sunny day. I used my Laowa dedicated macro lens, with 2:1 magnification. It’s a manual lens, which took a bit of getting used to, but I love the results.
I captured this close-up of raindrops clinging to a spider web with my cell phone one rainy day as I was walking to work.
This close-up of a yellow rose was captured in our friends’ front yard in Wahroonga, New South Wales.
On a trip to a vineyard in the North Fork of Long Island, I stopped for a moment to capture this field of lavender, which swayed in the wind. For a moment, I felt like I was in France.
This selection of antique bottles is housed in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I loved the reflections captured in the glass.
After a week of turmoil, strife, death, and heartbreak in the United States, I’m ending my post with the poem, “Small Kindnesses.” This week we have witnessed the destructive and deadly power of hate and fear in the literal home of American democracy. This is shocking, but not all together surprising, giving our current political climate. Many of us are left wondering what’s next and how we can begin to heal from this social rupture. At this time, when we are all hurting and dazed by the magnitude of the rifts in our land, my thought is to start small, for tiny acts of kindness can ripple out to others and gather momentum, like the tide. That’s why I picked this poem, which reminds of us our interconnectedness and how civility binds us together as a people and as a society.
Small Kindnesses By Danusha Laméris I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you” when someone sneezes, a leftover from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying. And sometimes, when you spill lemons from your grocery bag, someone else will help you pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other. We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot, and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder, and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass. We have so little of each other, now. So far from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange. What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here, have my seat,” “Go ahead — you first,” “I like your hat.”
All of us at Lens-Artists hope that you join us for this week’s Anne Sandler’s challenge LAPC #130–It’s a Small World. Remember to link your post to Anne’s beautiful post, and use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you in the Reader.
Next week, it’s my turn to lead LAPC #131, so please stop by and join the fun on Saturday, January 16 at noon.
I’m so grateful to all of you in our creative community who remind me of the enduring power of creativity and community in these difficult times. Your continued participation, support, enthusiasm, and creativity inspire us! Have a wonderful, creative week and please stay safe.