Monthly Archives: March 2011

Spring

— It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. (Charles Dickens, Great Expectations)
Subtle signs of spring

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Square

As opposed to the circle, the square, as a symbol, does not carry particularly positive connotations for me. It’s inflexible. Standard. Rule-bound. But really, the more I shoot square format images, the better I understand that the square is a forgiving and flexible format in photography.

For the last week or so, I’ve been shooting with my phone only and in square format. Looking at my images afterwards, I am unable to find any sort of pattern in my composition, anything my resulting images have in common. For the most part, all I have is a set of square images that work in square format in some sense, for different and sometimes undefined reasons.* Strangely, I find that for once I don’t mind it that there’s something I can’t explain and generalise over.

So I’m going to leave it with a selection of my recent square format images, and for once I will let the images speak for themselves, as a summary of the recent experiences in my life as well as my photographic development.

{154/365} Faces

Reflection

{157/365} More flowers!

{159/365} Key

{160/365} Ice crystals

Walking into the light

Stillness before the show

{161/365} Opera reflections

{162/365} Chandelier

Glimpses

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*See Kat’s Exploring with a Camera post on square format for an interesting summary of possible square compositions.