If you've read my previous post, you would know that a few weeks ago I visited Chattanooga and went hiking on the Stevenson Trail with my to-be-sister-in-law and took photos just for fun. If you didn't know... well, now you do.
Taking photos in the square format and knowing that I would probably want to convert the images to black and white, I thought back into photography's history. I love the nature photography of Ansel Adams, the scenic landscape. However, the scenic lanscape has become very... practical. It has become practical to a point where I wouldn't feel very creative if I just took photos of the average landscape, as I did in the image below.
It's beautiful, it's well composed, but it's nothing new.
While walking down the path, I saw this rock (the one below this paragraph). It had such a beautiful, simple shape that I thought of Edward Weston and how he brought simplicity to nature photography by emphasizing shapes and textures. I also thought of my fiancé Daniel, because he loves rocks and complains about the lack of rock in Mississippi.
So I decided to keep an eye out for interesting shapes on the hike, this is what I found.
Some of the shapes are from rocks, some are made by light (or absence thereof) and some are made by empty space. Some of the shapes aren't directly geometrical, some just show a strong organic shape. Hopefully, I played with the boundaries of what shape is.