sunday musings: darkness, depression and drama

Come to think of it, this has been a very interesting year as far as my photographic experience is concerned. For one Ive received the most amount of random comments about my photos than ever before. It appears that darkness of my photographs keeps on bothering some people and they go even as far as suggesting that I must be in the cold and nasty clutches of depression. Interesting that one. Yes, our creations do reflect the way we are, however, there is no need for such extreme conclusions, for said devil is not so black as he is painted because to quote Jay Maisel: “The drama of light exists not only in what is in the light, but also in what is left dark. If the light is everywhere, the drama is gone.” So there you have it – its all about the drama over here, not depression. And to conclude I give you this dark photograph of a majestic beauty…

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16 comments

  1. That’s a beautiful image. I don’t think you’re depressed, merely wrapped up in your love of photography.

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    • biankonera says:

      Thank you, Mike! I think you are exactly right. Also I sometimes say that my photography is like dark chocolate – dark, with hints of sweetness and richness. 🙂

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      • An excellent analogy! And why did it take me all this time to realise that we use exactly the same camera?

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      • biankonera says:

        We do??? That is so so cool!!! And its an absolutely fabulous camera as far as Im concerned. It literally allows to catch dreams (I have no idea how, but it does, thats all I know 🙂 )

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      • Yes, I’ve had an X-E1 for three years now. I love it too and don’t feel the need to upgrade. A trusted friend!

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      • biankonera says:

        Ive had mine for nearly two years. At first I was thinking – what to do with it? I was a devoted Canonist for years, so it took a bit of getting used to something so different, but now I think that X-E1 was my best purchase. And I absolutely agree – there is definitely no need to upgrade.

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      • Ah, a convert! I’ve never been a Nikon or Canon user and was glad to find a third way. It feels so much better and is lighter to carry – although I’d like a third lens which will add to my bag’s weight!

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      • biankonera says:

        Lifting of the heavy DSLR messed up my elbow big time, so I went looking for something lighter. Now I use Canon only for portraiture (and only because I have 4 lenses that I really like and dont want to give up), while X-E1 has taken its rightful place of the main camera. Another lens (maybe of a fixed focal length kind) would be great to have someday, but for now Im super happy with the quality of the kit one.

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      • You’re right, it’s very good. I have my 60mm macro which is lovely but am thinking of a long range lens. There are so many to choose from it’s hard to decide!

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      • biankonera says:

        My dream combo would be a long range lens (18-135mm) and a prime (Im wishing for a 35mm, but 60mm macro also sounds very tempting).

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  2. I can tell you a secret… drums… you cannot win with people… those random comments keeps coming, whatever you do.
    I have had comments from everything I have done… I can give you few of them here:
    1. Black&whites “black and whites are so easy to do, you do those because you can`t do else
    2. Darker images… Are you so depressed that your models don`t even smile in your photographs?
    3. Bokeh… are there something wrong in your camera because of that look in your photographs?

    Yes and those keep coming… But I have really been down, and depressed, that I am not going anywhere with my photography, and what ever I do, it usually annoys or pisses someone off… But maybe that is the sign I am moving with my work???

    I love you and your work, keep going strong girl ❤

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    • biankonera says:

      Oh that is soooooo TRUE!!!! And when you dont fit their mold, they say you are weird. But hey, if our work gets a reaction that is good, so I say – lets keep annoying and pissing people off!!!
      Hey, black and white, darkness and bokeh for me are elements that make a picture beautiful. Always 🙂
      Oh and I got a compliment like this yesterday: “I like your pictures, but… not all of them.” Huh???? 😀
      Sheesh, and now Im pressing “post” before I finish writing. *sighs* Must be the sideffect of a 4 hour night drive I had yesterday (and I wasnt event the one behind the wheel).
      I think its absolutely nasty that people tell you such things because your work is beautiful, ethereal and dreamlike. Its wonderful and so are you! Dont let anyone tell you otherwise 🙂

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  3. PC Silva says:

    you have to excuse me, but I love your work. so hope you continue depressed 😀
    in fact, you play very well with light and shadows. and this picture is awesome…

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