Monday, November 3, 2008

We Now Return to our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Halloween is over, so we can put aside the silliness for another year. No more Trick or Treating, haunted hayrides (or hayrides of any sort), wearing goofy costumes, or being forced to listen to "The Monster Mash". It's nice to have the brief respite every year where kids of all ages are allowed, and even encouraged, to act ........ well ....... silly, but it's time to get back to the business at hand.


There is a certain elegance to autumn. The air is clean and crisp, you have to wear an additional layer or two of clothing, and the smell of wood burning in fireplaces permeates the air. Life is winding down and preparing for the long New Hampshire winter. Root systems are recalling the life force from the vegetation to store it for next springs rebirth. Flowers and leaves dry out, shrivel up, and fall, finding their way back to the soil from whence the sprung.

I'm not real big on the leaf peeping foliage stuff, but I do enjoy a good shriveled up flower or leaf. You see so many spring and summer flower shots, and they are nice, but it's kind of like shooting fish in a barrel. "Ooooooooooooh, ahhhhhhhhhhhh, pretty flower". How can you go wrong? (I take that back, I see plenty of them go wrong.)

I challenge you to photograph something dead and make it into art. Stretch those artistic muscles. push the envelope on your creativity. Feel free to post your photographs of "Dead" in my blog comments. FAIR WARNING: Photographs of people will be removed.

Scott Bulger Photography

"Trio"


By the way, does anyone have an extra Kit-Kat bar? I'm all out of the small ones and the big ones won't fit through the hole in my Halloween mask.

UPDATE: There have been a few people take me up on the challenge. Here is what they have come up with:

Beth Peardon
"Death is Coming"


from
House of Six Cats


"Light Luck"
Judi Fitzpatrick


"Dead"
by Ashlyn


Untitled
by Karen Casey Smith


"Broken Gate"
by CVH

21 comments:

Grasshopper said...

Awesome shot. The clarity is amazing!

I accept your challenge. I'll get out as soon as i can.

Beth said...

Love this ....I can't embed a photo in a comment, but heres a link to what I call
"Death is coming"
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bethpeardonprods/2284405009/in/set-72157603795843977/

Sus said...

ahhhh, no dead people??? boy what a party pooper you are!! *lol* shit, I had a hell of a time shooting car accidents when I was a staff photog.

Judi FitzPatrick said...

Hi Scott,

Your Trio is amazing, a level of skill I'm hoping to someday attain.

Well, the one I took today is not so good, but here's one I took on Saturday that I like:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/judifitzpatrickstudio/2994022624/
Hope this counts for the challenge.

Peace, Judi

Tanya said...

A beautiful take on dead. Ok, now I'm thinking of what I can photograph...will be back! I enjoyed your post :)

kim* said...

i am on the verge on painting some flowers like this...so little time to do it at this point though. but i will!

Eki Akhwan said...

a stunning simplicity, Scott. I love your photographs.

Thank you for following my blog.

Eki

Kelly said...

I really like the detail - so clear. I will have to find something dead to try to photograph.

Thank you, very much, for following my blog! Your photographs are beautiful, it is indeed an honor!

houseofsixcats said...

Hey Scott, here is an old image, but it fits the criteria. Excellent challenge!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2112/2321833435_bae400f0ae.jpg?v=0

Allen Hughes said...

Hey Scott.... Beautiful B&W image, as usual. And I too accept your challenge.... except I can't figure how to post a photo in the comment.... but I'll try.... but if that fails then pop on by my latest MySpace blog to see my "artistic" attempt of Autumn.

Tanya said...

Mine is scheduled to run in the morning on my blog...my daughter took the challenge :)

Tammy said...

Stunning. And I like your challenge and may just set out to see what I can come up with.

Sorry, all out of Kit Kats...will a snack size Snickers or Milky Way do the trick?

whimsicalpam said...

Love these photos!...and the unique spin on my favorite time of year:)

Judi FitzPatrick said...

Hey Scott,
Thanks so much for posting my photo on the updated blog entry - you rock!
Peace, Judi

humanobserver said...

Excellent snaps....Something mystique....thanks for hitting my blog......

Blognote said...

These are amazing shots!! Thanks for sharing!

Arty Allsorts said...

Love 'Trio' Scott, great challenge too. I took these two a while ago - not sure if they are 'art' as such but I like them :)

http://flickr.com/photos/artyallsorts/2883496904/

http://flickr.com/photos/artyallsorts/2870720402/

cvh said...

here's an old one, but i hope you don't mind...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15996023

Karen Casey-Smith said...

Here's one from me. When I first showed it to my mom, she said, "Hon'?......that's dead." It made me laugh!

http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.38274274.jpg

Tanya said...

I hope this works - I don't know how to post photos online yet.

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