Over at my other blog I've been posting selected images from Flickr that portray or give visual image to two themes. The first is "paths" and the second is "solitary soul in a landscape". For example the photograph below could be construed as a "path" photo.
We could think about where the path is going, are we being led on purpose, is there an end point or does it just go on, is it symbolic of some deeper meaning, etc.?
The next photo could fall into the category of "solitary soul in a landscape", except that in this example there are at least two souls.
Why are the people in this landscape? Why has the photographer placed them where he/she did? Are they visitors or residents? Is the photograph enhanced or diminished by the presence of a person? There are probably a hundred questions one could ask.
Some of the photographs I selected in the last couple of days, purposely or otherwise, rendered both themes. At that other blog I try to say what I find significant about the photo or why I looked at it longer than so many others.
In at least one of his books David duChemin talks about the difference between the subject of a photo and the subject matter of a photo - they are often not the same thing. Subjects like emotions, the passage of time, and a sense of belonging within something larger than ourselves have to be portrayed photographically with the physical things we have available for the frame and in the ways we chose to photograph them. What do you see as the subject of the photo below?
I invite you to take a look and make a comment if you want.