The exceptional thing about living through history is having, if only in a small way, the rare chance to shape it. By staying home, observing social distancing protocols, calling a friend, keeping a journal, checking on a neighbor, telling someone you love them, taking a walk, or making a photograph. Small acts when executed across communities and continents affect real change in response to an entirely new environment.
Stop by and absorb some photography and exposition as New Jersey landscape and nature photographer, Greg Molyneux, shares his 10 best landscape and macro photographs made in 2019. Come for the rich imagery and stay for some insight into how these photos came to life and learn how they came to be in this list. What are some of your favorites?
Happy accidents will come, big or small, and they must always be welcome. Next time your lens fogs up from a rookie oversight, make some fantastical flower photographs until you look upon the real world with clarity and focus once again.
With autumn coming in quick it is near time to put flower photo season to bed. Here is a late season Black-eyed Susan blossom demure before strong late afternoon light; strong contrast driving home the power of the photograph.
Understanding the uncertain fate of the honey bee, a lynchpin species for prolific pollination needed in a balanced ecosystem, I am beyond pleased to have them feast upon my Black-eyed Susan flowers in numbers. Oh, and they make joyous macro photo subjects, too.
Macro worlds will suck you in. Once lensed properly the eye sets upon the small things so easily ignored. In such small spaces countless details reveal themselves to the well attuned. Here we encounter such a journey as we venture into the macro world of honeysuckle.
Life is layers. Time passes and we add layers to mark our lived experiences—good and bad. Conversely, during our lives we peel back the layers built up by others. This is how relationships build. Peonies depict the concept of layers perfectly. Endless layers make up the big beautiful blossoms as a metaphor for life.
To make photography you must make time for photography. With my photo making pace quickened, it’s open season on the great bloom of flowers this spring. Here I bring singular focus to a lone peony photographed in shimmering light, opening its flower petals to the world.
Art imitates life, and in my longing for youthful imagination I want to think lily of the valley flowers served as creative impetus for the bowler hat. This is patently ridiculous surely, yet I would love to believe it so. In the meantime I will photograph and I will imagine.
Photographing dandelions sparks memories of childhood, perspective, and change. For many kids, dandelions hold a source of wonder, imagination, and play. Yet by adulthood the dandelion devolves to the status of weeds. The good news is there is always time for us to better our perspective.