This week’s photo shows a colourful pattern. For those who like “tags to the real world” I could add that this image shows a little detail of a piece of rock from a valley in southern Switzerland. This is how a piece of rock looks, after several millions of years when some sedimentary rock was folded and suffered metamorphism under giant pressures and high temperatures, glaciers came and later on rivers eroded the rock leaving it naked to the eye of us, little human beings.
Very often I think about why Nature configurations are the way the are. My scientific background tells me that Nature always adopts configurations which minimize the quantity of energy needed. In fact, we human beings do the same. Nature is a big machine that, when left alone, will always reach that energetic optimum in all its displays and phenomena. However, as a photographer, I tend to think as equally often about the fact that normally, when Nature is left alone, the result is always beautiful. Is it because our ideal of beauty is as natural as the nature itself? Do we already come with an “in-built” beauty scheme that is in fact defined by how Nature looks when undisturbed? When you think about, the labour of a nature photographer is really tiny, we strive to compose succesful images that are strong as visual designs, but indeed the real merit comes from that “hidden artist” that plays with the elements and leaves art masterpieces all around us. In a way, this makes a necessity to be humble when dealing with nature photography. Whatever we might achieve in our work, ours will always be a tiny merit…
This week image reminded me of this. Without talking or avoiding religion issues, this is one of those things in Nature that push me to think: Who did this?
Technically speaking, this was made with the 617 camera, having to cheat as I needed to insert between the cone and the camera body some extra spacers to reduce the minimum focusing distance. Polarizer and made in the open shade, to maximize colour and detail.