two decaying, heart-shaped leaves on a pebbled path, pointed toward each other, as if about to make a close pass

Passing

These two are passing by each other, like ships at sea–if they maintain their courses. But also they are passing away–as all things do on this earth. And the awareness of passing away should influence our choices about passing by.

This piece opens the category I’m calling “Found Still Life“–that is, a gathering of inanimate objects, which I just found (rather than staged) and framed in such a way as to grant them meaning, so that they tell a story, convey an emotion, or just have personality.

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What the camera saw:
passing, as shot

As you can see, this was nearly finished right out of the box.

What a bystander would see:
passing, bystander photoI’m not certain this is the exact spot, because it was taken days later, but it’s close enough for our purposes. I was walking along this trail and suddenly found myself among a lot of these leaves. My spidey senses started tingling, so I looked around, found these two leaves posing for me, and took this one shot–just to see if something good might happen. I’m so glad I did.

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