Friday, October 28, 2011

The Lowly Rag

Before you think I'm crazy, let me explain why I'm taking pictures of car wash rags. Our  latest assignment for Find Your Eye: Journey Of Inspiration is about "point of view."  I remember the first time someone commented on one of my photos saying it had a nice POV. I had no idea what that stood for.  So, what do we do when we want information...we Google it. The position, direction and height of the camera define the point of view of a picture. You can change the way a subject is perceived by changing the camera position.

In nature I experiment with POV a lot. I love to get under a mushroom and see the details or behind a flower and take the side we rarely see. One of my fellow classmates decided to just use an ordinary object (hers was a tin can) and find a view that made it lovely. She did it. She took some great photos. I decided to follow her example. Since it was raining I went looking around the house for something to photography. I spotted this brightly colored roll of rags and proceeded to experiment.

I like the lines in this view.
They curl around from the center into forever.

This one I like the shapes.
They look like little triangles all standing in a row.

Of course, there has to be one macro shot in the bunch.
Who knew a knot could be so interesting!!
I like the lines this view created in the background.

There was something relaxing about taking photos of rags. I had fun. I took thirty-one pictures of rags!! Maybe I enjoyed it because there was no pressure. When I take a picture of a flower I want the photo to come out stunning. But, when I took the pictures of the rags I concentrated more on the lesson. Thanks, Deborah, for the great idea!!  They are not "beautiful" photos, but they are interesting.


  1. Wow, how cool. I love that you realized that there was "no pressure", funny how that can make simple tasks daunting, and yet without it we find new things. I see you have rearranged your "exterior" of your blog for the new season, love the red leaves, they are gorgeous.

  2. Cathy,
    Oh, I beg to disagree - I think these are much more than interesting - they are artistic colorful abstracts! The colors and textures are yummy and the lines and shapes you have created - stunning! You and Deb, with her tin can exploration, elevated lowly and mundane objects to high art. That takes a real gift and a commitment to searching for unique perspectives.

  3. I'm with Brenda on this...these are beautiful photos! The colors, the soft texture, the curves, the negative space...all of it together makes some lovely images. As with your other photos you share here you have done a great job! I'm glad to be on this journey with you.

  4. I was, of course, drawn in by the color of your chosen objects! But I really find I love what you did with the lines and shapes of these rags, finding interesting points of view. Isn't it amazing what happens when we "experiment" instead of put pressure on ourselves to perform? I need to do this more in life in general, not just photography. Fabulous results!

  5. I love your photos, especially the second one. I love how you've used different pov to change an ordinary object into something really beautiful. I know what you mean about the pressure thing - sometimes taking my expectation out of the equation makes me so much happier with the end result!

  6. YOu've made some car wash rags look fantastic. You've created some beautiful shapes & lines.

  7. very interesting. you made the rags look beautiful from every angle.

  8. I'd like to argue. I think they are beautiful photos. You've made the ordinary quite exceptional. I love the contrast of the rolled image's organic shapes, followed but the geometric triangels in the next image. Very cool-two totally different things.
    You definitely rocked this lesson!! Good going.

  9. These are beautiful and interesting shots! The 2nd one grabs me...those curves and DOF...wonderful.

  10. So clever and you have such great shots! I am a sucker for color and texture, and they're both here, along with some wonderful lines. Inspirational!


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