weekly prompts — vulnerability

Stay at Home Order … day 22 plus 14 seclusion retreat days

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Words by Mumon

When the sky is clear the sun appears,

When the earth is parched rain will fall.

He opened his heart fully and spoke out,

But it was useless to talk to pigs and fish. ~Mumon

(Cited: Trans: N Senzaki & P Reps, The Gateless Gate/Learning is not the Path)


Nikon D750 f/5.6 1/1250s 82mm 400 ISO

Continuing with my return to composition basics: The composition elements within this image are:

repeating patterns

leading and parallel lines


rule of thirds with points on right side of image leading into the image as well as human figure on the #3 point of the rule of thirds.

I chose to mute the colors as this image seemed to be a bit cluttered and black and white editing was a bit boring.

As always I appreciate constructive feedback…thanks for joining me on this learning journey. Patience seems to be fading across Mother Earth.

image and poem submitted in response to gc weekly prompts: vulnerability


  1. I love that you muted the colors! That was the very first thing I noticed–it was very toned down. Those orange cones, left to their true color, would have been an assault to my eyes. This way, with the colors very soft, I can glide over the photo and take it all in. In spite of all that is going on, this is a very calm photo that allows me to look so far, and see so much.

    1. Thank you, Loisajay. I’ve found that it easy to overwhelm the eye with reds, oranges, and yellows. Interesting how you found calm within an image that I see as busy. My take away from your feedback is that lessening saturation may be a way to invite the eyes more deeply into an image.

      1. I tend to look at a photo and build a story around it. My story. Which is usually not what the photographer has caught in that split second of clicking the shutter. Yes, the low saturation invited me to meander, whereas full saturation would be fun, but I would have to look away and, maybe, come back. I think that makes sense where Michael says I saw ‘so much’ and saw ‘too much.’ That is the story line taking shape in my mind.

      2. I don’t like to title a photograph since it seems to interfere with the process of a viewer building a story. Yet, when I include a haiku with an image, I suppose that also acts like a director. This was fun.

  2. I also think that muted colors was a good decision. The orange still pops but it does not glare. Constructive criticism, because you know how much I love your work. This is a journalistic or documentary photograph. Except that I don’t really see a story here. If the theme is vulnerability, I’m not seeing it. The leading lines bring me to a solitary person but then continue beyond the person to a background with nothing really going on and it is there that my eyes settle. My eyes have obviously gone too far. The comment above talks about seeing so much; I see too much. I need focus. Again, this is offered as constructive criticism. My respect for you as an artist is unbounded.

    1. Thank you, Michael. I appreciate your feedback and the awakening of how “excitability” …the leading lines of the barriers and white street lines… may limit me seeing the total composition. I did try cropping most of the background and changing it to black and white. I found that it gave more of a focus …yet, paraphrasing Bruce Percy, “one can make a good photo bad, but you can never make a bad photograph good.” Again, thank you…

      1. Thank you. I feel like I stuck my neck out a little bit by offering a critique in the comments but it was well within the overall context of my admiration of your work.

      2. I’m thinking the vulnerability within this post was within the request for feedback as well as the courage to critique. Thank you for joining me on this tree limb.

  3. Thank you so much, Brenda for your interpretation of our Weekly Prompts Wednesday challenge. It reflects our current circumstance of a partial closure. 🙂

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