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Challenge: Wabi Sabi II (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Nursing Home
Date: Nov 1, 2019
Date Uploaded: Nov 6, 2019

Having seen the subject for this challenge and watching the clip on Nan Golden that was posted on the website it caused me time to reflect on how I could represent the feeling of impermanence, imperfection and the passage of time. Then in the description, “don’t try to photograph it”, I decided to let the camera take an image with me doing nothing more than pressing the shutter. We were going to visit my mother-in-law in the nursing home and as always I had my camera with me. It was set on basic settings and manuel focus to allow the camera to “see” an image without my control. I walked down the corridor with the camera at my side not looking in the view finder or the screen as I passed the residents rooms. I only stopped for a moment to press the shutter and only took 1 shot. It was the second or third room on the left. I do not know the person, but she could be anyone of us, our family or a friend. The reality of our mortality is hard to accept and when I looked at what the camera had seen later on in the day it truly affected me. I looked at the image for a long time and thought about the things that all of us think about when we try to grasp the finality of life and our relationship with it. I wondered if I should even post this in a “contest”. Does it demean the person who I captured in the photograph? How would the image be received? Is it too personal? On my profile page my description is short, “just having fun”. Usually I try to inject humor in my images as an expression of my love of life and enjoyment of photography. Maybe it’s because I am getting older (aren’t we all!), but this subject affected me differently than most. I am interested to see how it will be received but not for the score. Does photography enable us to look in the mirror to see who we really are? My answer to that is, it depends.

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11/22/2019 01:10:25 AM
the curtain, the pictures on the wall ... But all is not well.
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