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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Always Behind


Very glad to be linking up with Kat's first of the month Photo Heart Connection. 
This is a new opportunity...you might click the button to find out more.  I love the feel of this-perhaps you will too.  Open to all levels, with virtually no "rules".  How great is that? 


Under Branches {4/52}
Under Branches {4/52}

I don't know that I've been shooting this month with photo-heart intention per se, but I've been able to identify when it happens, and when it doesn't.  That's good; I'm not always tuned in to how I'm feeling so to identify it-sometimes at the moment, sometimes in hindsight is a good practice for me.

When I went thru the "possibles" there was a theme in what spoke to me.  Often the images were void of people-empty or lone, several were based on beauty of nature or a view, but more often the common theme was from behind.

I could analyze this...it might be scary to do so, but I think if I'm viewing from behind, at least I'm looking forward.  I may not be moving forward, but my eyes are at least pointed that way. 

I also think these "from behind" images offer me or someone who looks at them the chance to imagine or fill in their own blanks. 

I chose this image, because it was one that I "had" to take.  I was walking with friends on this sidewalk and I said...."Stop.  I'm sorry.  I have to take this photo."  It was not optional.  My heart jumped. 

The image includes the things I mention...a lone figure, from behind, a sense of mystery-where is she going?, what is at the end of the sidewalk?, and why does that wall stop; what is beyond it out of view?  The row of trees, the light, the leading line of sidewalk, bent branches, and light posts-and this woman surrounded by it all.  It speaks.  It speaks to me.

Thank you for checking out my photo-heart connection.  I'm eager to see how others connected to their photos too.  Looking forward to what February will bring.

36 comments:

Rebecca said...

What a neat shot. I do love the branches.

Deborah L. Tisch said...

Beautifully composed image. I love the mystery in this, the wondering, the questions. I see why your heart jumped.

seabluelee said...

There's something very nostalgic about this image for me, hearkening back to the 1950's or very early 60's. Not that I ever knew such a place then, but even as a child my heart dreamed of it. I get a protected, sheltering feeling from those overarching branches, and I love the repeating lamp posts.

gina said...

Your image does have a wonderful classic look. The lines draw us into the picture and I feel like I am there, walking behind the woman. I want to follow her and find out where she is going!
Isn't it exciting when a photo jumps out at us and demands to be taken?

Kat Sloma said...

Susan, I love your statement: "It was not optional." I know those images. You have to capture them for some reason, a heart reason perhaps. I resonate with your explanations of your heart connection in the photos you are capturing lately, this is a perfect one to choose. Thank you so much for joining in with our first Photo-Heart Connection. I'm excited to have you along on this continuing journey!

Anna Lear said...

You have awesome photo intuition - this shot is fantastic! Very classic, yet not at all cliche, more like universal. I just love it.

esra said...

Beautiful shot, love the lone figure. And I loved reading how you felt about it. I know the feeling of "have to take it". You just feel it sometimes.

I'm working on my photo-heart connection. Hopefully I'll come up with one by tomorrow...

Irene said...

The arms of the branches seem to embrace the walker on her journey. It is a very comforting photo.

Linda said...

I do love the shot - something about the repeating patterns and the arching trees...nice feeling. I am still thinking about the Photo-Heart connection...have not been able to put it into words. You did a wonderful job of doing that!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I love the sense of movement in this shot without it being hurried . . . a moving forward towards the unknown.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I love the sense of movement in this shot without it being hurried . . . a moving forward towards the unknown.

augcott said...

Great shot!

Kay L. Davies said...

A beautiful photo, Susan, and believe it or not, I even found a heart-shape in the lower branches, perhaps completing the circle of the why and how of it.
K

Kathy said...

I always shoot from behind too. For many of the same reasons. But I also have to add, that for me...it hate people seeing when I take a photo, so behind works wonderfully. Who needs to see a face all the time. I like it better when the entire photo is the story. Gorgeous capture.

Kathy

Cathy H. said...

This is a beautiful image; perfect in it's composition!! I love the line of trees and lamp posts leading you right to this unknow woman! Your statement "I'm not always tuned in to how I'm feeling" is exactly how I feel. When I do get "tuned in" I struggle with how to express it! I'm so excited to be continuing this heart journey with you!

Leanne said...

This is a great shot, I love this sort of shot too, Love the lines of trees & lamp posts and looking at someone walking away.

La Principessa Errante said...

It is really spectacular, the light through the trees just grabs me.

lisa said...

A wonderful photo-heart connection Susan, and I love your description of it!

A Box of Chocolates said...

a girl after my own heart, i love pictures of people walking from behind, i love the shadows and contrasts of this shot too a great heart connection

Brenda said...

Susan - as always, your writing rings with honest emotion. I love how you explore what this photo means to you and especially the thought that at least your "eyes are looking forward." What a great way to interpret your "from behind" theme. To me, the woman is sheltered by the overhanging branches - I get a feeling of comfort by the way she is walking from shadow into the light.

Nadege, said...

I love the shot. Beautiful leading lines and framing. Everything leading to the person walking away...I wonder where she is going.

Lori said...

Such a beautiful picture. I love that you "had" to take it. I completely understand.

Ms. Becky said...

yes, it's most definitely one of those shots. it carries the eye into the unknown with the lone figure adding the dose of mystery. I love this shot.

Tezzie said...

Lovely...a wonderful capture. That glowing light at the end of the tunnel is wonderful! I think she's headed for that fabulous red car in the distance ;D

I totally know what you mean about 'just having to take the shot'...methinks I'll have to check out this 'photo-heart' thingy :D

Thanks so much for your kind, supportive comments at my place. It feels so nice knowing that someone out there understands, on whatever level <3

Becs said...

Gorgeous shot, I can see why you had to stop to take it - I love shots like that. I love how she's framed by the trees and lamps and the sense of purposeful movement - opens up a lot of story-telling possibilities. Beautiful.

Kim Stevens said...

I love this image and can see how your heart jumped. Even if that person wasn't in the picture, there is so much forward movement with the lines of the trees and the sidewalk - I feel compelled to walk that way!! Visiting from the photo-heart connection.

Life with Kaishon said...

I love this picture. It tells a story. Pictures like that are my favorite.

Phyllis said...

Hi Susan. It is so fun to visit your blog and see what you are up to. You motivated me to join in the photo-heart connection. I like to take photo's from behind too. A recent favorite of mine is one I took of my husband and his daughter while I was walking behind them. I also enjoyed reading about your photshop class.
Happy February ♥

Paula said...

What a stunning photo! It's so beautifully composed and simply a timeless classic. Gorgeous!

James said...

This is my kind of shot! I would have been excited to take it. :)

Cheryl Flatt said...

Your words add mystery and interest. I love the arching trees, the straight line of lampposts , the snow patches, the light on the tree branches up ahead, the woman walking. I love when an image or scene stops me in my tracks and then stays with me.

Carolyn Phillips said...

A gorgeous photo, and one with a real feeling of story about it. Thanks.

Marie Z. Johansen said...

What a beautiful shot this is! I'm glad that I am not the only one who makes friends stop dead in their tracks to allow me to take a photo. Thank goodness for patient friends !

Wanda said...

You are correct that a shot such as this one lets the viewer interpret it for him/herself. The first thing I noticed was how small the walker is compared to other elements in the scene and then I decided it was OK because it also seemed to me that the tree limbs were bending down in order to protect the walker.

Gilly said...

Lovely shot, beautifully composed. I like shooting people from behind too, partly because I'm less self-conscious than doing it face on, but also because if you don't see someone's face then there's more of a mystery or a narrative to it. Like Kat, I love you saying 'it was not optional' - I know those moments.

Tito Eric said...

Incredible photograph!