lens-artists photo challenge: the letter A

PA Moed invites us to share images that feature a subject that begins with the letter A. Hum…can tone be a subject? Or am I being a bit of a rebel by featuring double exposure photography with “A” toned luminosity masks (amber, azure, and amethyst with their contrasting tones)?

Had I not seen erect in the river
These solid timbers of the olden time
How could I know, how could I feel
The story of that house?
~The Sarashina Diary (cited: Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)

double exposure… amber tone

That moonless, flowerless winter night
It penetrates my thought and makes me dwell on it–
        I wonder why?
~The Sarashina Diary (cited: Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)

double exposure…azure tone

Do you see that the little night opens 1
And on the ridge of the mountain, serenely bright,
Shines the moon of a night of Autumn?
~ Diary of Izumi Shikibu (cited: Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)

double exposure…amethyst

Nikon D750 f/4.8 1/800s 65mm 100 ISO

Applying a subtle color to the highlights and shadows/ of your black and white photographs gives you a slice of the emotional qualities that color can offer, without disguising the depth and texture of your black and white photograph.

26 Comments

  1. This is a really lovely technique, Brenda. I love the atmosphere you’ve created here and the dash of color heightens the dreamy, meditative mood. Wonderful. I’m delighted you joined us.

    1. Thank you Patti I enjoyed this challenge. I found that the advanced notice of the challenge gave me more time to ponder and explore beyond A is for apple. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Sylvia for visiting and leaving a comment. Most of all … thank you for the encouraging words, “lovely and creative!:

  2. You have truly mastered both the Art of double-exposure photography and that of the use of color to demonstrate a mood. Wonderful post Brenda, loved your original image and the way you conceptualized it.

  3. Excellent interpretation, exquisite poetry. My muse Lapham’s Quarterly has numerous references to Murasaki Shikibu over the years, a contemporary of Izumi Shikibu.

  4. And I chime in – just exquisite treating of this photo! Love the effects and love the mood – perfect citing Japanese poetry. The right feel…so well done.

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