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Projecting emotions

by Rebecca Michael

Every Friday, Darren invites someone to become ‘Guest Editor’ for the day to choose and discuss three or four images that have not been previously published on the website.  Today’s Guest Editor is Rebecca Michael, a wildlife photographer trapped in a concrete jungle.  You can see Rebecca’s photography on her website and follow her on Twitter.

This image is just amazing. I have never been underwater, in an environment such as this, I have no idea what happens when you are immersed in such a place, and I have no idea how your body behaves, or how you frame, compose, how you create an image like this. It is alien to me. And therefore all the more amazing to see this beautiful fish, which is definitely interacting with Darren, with the most amazing facial expression. I know this is a fluid/moving environment, yet this image captures stillness and is so rich in character. It is very tempting to project feelings onto this creature, what it feels, due to it’s facial expression, the position of its fins, etc. The eyes of otherworldly creatures, so connect with humans in a very mystical way that is so special, that is so very hard not to project one’s own emotions onto it.

One thing that I have realised whilst looking deeply at these three images is there appears to be an echo, a relationship, between all three. Is it the greens, the complimentary colours, the compositions? I notice they all seem to share a shape. An Arc. The bib of the bird, the halo of the fish, and the praying paws of the squirrel. I think that these elements show something of awareness of the maker of these images, and something of his character, or is it just me?

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