Balance of Forces

Balance of Forces

I am introducing a new piece in my botanical series. This image was made using a vintage lens which is some 60-70 years old. I am using a collection of these lenses to achieve a softness and quietness in the images which matches my personal aesthetic.

As an admirer of Piet Mondrian, I am inspired by his work and philosophy.  “Mondrian believed that art reflected the underlying spirituality of nature. He simplified the subjects of his paintings down to the most basic elements, in order to reveal the essence of the mystical energy in the balance of forces that governed nature and the universe.” I especially feel aligned with his philosophy that art reflects the spirituality of nature.

The clean geometry and basic colors of his work makes it dramatic and  very appealing to me. In my image above, which I have titled “Balance of Forces”, I use the lines of the grasses to compose an image with parallel lines and triangular shapes to create a sense of movement and dynamic visual interest. I selected the background for this image first as it is of equal importance to the final result as the foreground grasses. I aligned the area of yellow wildflowers in the background so that they brought the eye to the top center of the image from which the lines of the grasses would then cause exploration throughout the frame.The yellows also provided nice color contrast to the blues throughout the image.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

(c) Paul Grecian

Flowers are a big part of this day, and certainly one of the most spectacular parts of nature. Who doesn’t like the color, form, variety, and scent of the botanical residents of our world? From an artistic standpoint, they offer so much and are so evocative. Flowers have become associated with many kinds of meanings and bring back memories of places and people. They are certainly a subject with which I plan to spent increasing amounts of time exploring and expressing.

(c) Paul Grecian

These are a few images I made while at Longwood Gardens yesterday. The orchid exhibit was wonderful but there are so many other plants to see as well. I could have spent a full day in any one room. I went with my daughter who is becoming serious about photography herself. She’s about the same age I was when I started, 13 years old.

(c) 2011 Paul Grecian -