“Autumn Fracture” 

“When our thoughts are unsettled and our inner world is in a muddle, we may sharpen our wits and try to recognize the invisible edges of our fractured stance. If we seek to figure out, what our life story is all about, we may be able to put the missing pieces in place and identify what is driving us, what we are actually up to and why we are running like mad dogs, sometimes. 
― Erik Pevernagie

The title for this image came quickly, prompted by the ‘cracked’ look of the image, caused by a weave of bright white branches across the frame. The image is like a summary of the fall colours, from bright yellows, to reds, and splatterings of red.

The reds were the original intention of the photo. I thought they would look nice against the yellows and fiery oranges of the bushes behind. I paid no heed to the branches in the foreground, figuring they would be blurred out. But, that’s the wonder of this style of image creation. The would not be denied and made their presence known as ‘cracks’. They are actually the branches of the highbush cranberry shrub which bears the read berries of my attention. So, the entire top layer is that particular bush and sequential layers fade to eventually end in blue sky.

I must admit that I enjoy the effect and it’s caused me to spend quite a bit of time considering the image and its complexities. despite appearing broken, it’s an image filled with energy and life which will not be discounted.

It also seems a fitting conclusion to my “Golden Paths” series, which I have so enjoyed producing. The image is, for me, a summary of the journey, the blending of colours and emotions, ending in a grande finale of light and colour.

The “Golden Paths” series, while a joy to produce, also posed challenges of ‘culling’ many images that would have fit, but offered a weaker narrative than I wanted. It has been a significant step on my journey as an artist, trying to express often deeply emotional subjects effectively. I thank you all for joining me on this leg of the journey. More to come.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/36.0, ISO 100

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8 Comments on ““Autumn Fracture” 

  1. As I’ve said, I really enjoyed the series. Agreed, this piece is nearly summary, and what a delightful “happy accident” the branches provided!
    I share your pain, as I am at the same place with the culling.
    The most difficult part of the photographic art, I find.

    Best regards,


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