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Finding the Picture with Brooks Jensen

FTP-040
Finding the Hidden Right in Front of Us

Photographing the pottery world near Seagrove, North Carolina. This particular potter specializes in extra large pots like this one. I knew I wanted the texture of the fall leaves and round shape of the pot, but try as I might, this was best I could come up with. In retrospect, I think I was being far too literal. Pots that look like pots, leaves that look like leaves, sunlight that shines on everything. Three elements I like, but simply don't coalesce in this image in any way even close to visually interesting.

Luckily, I walked up an looked inside the pot. Leaves, round, sun — all the elements I wanted, even though you'd never know it was inside a giant clay pot. That mattered less than making something that might be worth a second look — perhaps something that even feels like a metaphor. I still haven't used the image below in a project, but I know I will someday. The one above? Nope, never.

Tech data:

Panasonic G85 using a Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 lens at 29mm. ISO 200. f/9.0 at 1/100th sec.