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Finding the Picture with Brooks Jensen

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.