Noticing, Noticing and Going in for a Closer Look

Noticing, noticing.  Something I am trying to do more of.  Be interested in the details, the minute details of the world I love  and live in.  Broaden my horizon, gulp more of life, be more aware, be more more.  I broke out of The Stuckness on Monday and really made a dent in a couple of projects getting ready for the Vintage Bazaar in – yikes – less than two weeks.  Made some space just to breathe.

So before the rain hit (it’s coming down nice and steady now)  I camera hopped around the yard and settled on one image to illustrate this post.

Many moons ago the Superhero and I collected a few huge(6″ big) pine cones from Mendocino on a wonderful trip we took.  I have kept them ever since and moved them about, sometimes inside as a display and sometimes outside tucked in among the houseplant on their summer vacation on our patio.  We have a crusty old firebrick outdoor fireplace that is in constant need of a repaint to keep it looking good.  It proved to be the perfect spot to take these photos. I wanted to illustrate the concept of noticing and how much I MISS, when I don’t really see what I see, if that makes sense…

Pine coneHere is the pine cone itself on the crusty cement shelf all delicious peeling paint.

pine cone 2A slightly closer view and I began to see the edges of the cone sections themselves.

pine cone 3Closer in still and the structure, the geometry of how the cone is formed comes into clearer view. Many more angles to view.

pine cone 4Closer still to the point where the edges blur but the texture and color of the internal pieces of the cone take over the view, like smooth bark. Angles and edges.

I went on further to play with a couple digital edits to change the point of view and notice other things, see in a different way to inform my concept of what this pine cone really could be if looked at differently.

pine cone lomoHere is a lomo filter which puts all the focus on that cone and  blurs the background.  The cone takes on a surreal, hyper cone look.

pine cone invertedColor invert and the pine cone becomes an ice cone in a wintry landscape but much of the detail of the structure is lost.

pine cone pixilatePixilations which brings out the texture with the dots but keeps some of the texture and to me is just fun, I like seeing the texture through the individual colors, so it makes me see something different.

Noticing is a practice that I am trying to incorporate into my daily creative explorations to see how things show up in diverse ways so that I can expand where I take a view and see what shows up. Like a meditation, like a deep breathe, living life to the fullest.








19 Responses to “Noticing, Noticing and Going in for a Closer Look”

  1. Kimbucha September 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    I am in love with this series of photos. Amazing how the first “actual” shot is so totally your style and then you jump off (or jump in in this case)
    love to se you play!
    xoxo Kim

  2. Kay Wallace September 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    I suddenly feel breathless! I have just seen things I have never seen before. When one is 6-1/2, I think we have better viewing skills. Somehow, we lose that along the way and figure, well, we have *forever* to take a closer look. At almost 70 now, I am grateful for the reminder to take a closer look and do it now! This is timely, Corrine, and much appreciated! Your photos are truly beautiful!

  3. Judy Shea September 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Holy moley.. those shots are beautiful.. Now you couldn’t note even create those colors of the brick if you tried. What a background. That cone is amazing. Lomo filter… zazzle.. It’s so true.. we all have to take the time to really look at what we never look at.

  4. Dawn September 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    What an interesting post Corrine, gorgeous pics too, the colours on your brick are beautiful. Delighted you kicked that ‘stuckness’ into touch sweetie, whoop whoop.
    Huge hugs x

  5. mindy September 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    the texture on these are so great! lovely exercise, and thoughts. xo

  6. Kat September 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Oh what a wonderful cone journey you took us on here! It’s such fun playing with details, noticing and loving life!

  7. jan September 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Fun looking through your eyes here, you seem to have great vision, improving all the time. I’d love to see a picture of the back ground all by itself, from the first photo.
    I like to collect cones too and sometimes I just toss them under the big tree in the front yard which produces fir cones in abundance. No one yet has remarked upon the fact that some of those cones don’t belong there!

  8. Joyce September 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Good use for the digital tools, and a Great way to banish the blahs. Enjoyed the post very much. Best regards, Joyce.

  9. sharon September 10, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    It is always a beautiful journey when you find ways to further open your mind….this is a gorgeous exploration!

  10. caterina giglio digison September 11, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    this is a great exercise for awareness in the studio, but also for life in general, thanks for reminding me! x

  11. Bleubeard and Elizabeth September 11, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    I saw triangles, no matter how close you got. What a way to make us aware of what is going on around us. Such a valid lesson, if only we would be more observant.

  12. Terrie -Creative Explorer September 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    A most excellent reminder to pay attention. Why is it that it’s so easy to look but NOT see? I guess our brains have so much to do and remember that they can’t keep track of every little thing. But your idea with the cone is such a good way to practice really seeing. I might just try that with my camera when I get home from work….. thanks for another timely reminder!

  13. Kim Andersen September 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Cool! the painted cement background really sets it off – it brings out some of those same colors in the pine cone

  14. Dorthe September 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I totally know whaT YOU MEAN about seing without seing!! I do that often myself!!
    You illustrated it wonderfully with your cone photoes ,Corrine-.. I love all the different things you tried out !! AND the peeling paint on the background !!

  15. lyle baxter September 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    wonderful idea, great photos thank you

  16. Janet September 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I like all the photos of the pine cone. Too often we look at things but we don’t really see them. Good for you for deciding to take a closer look.

  17. Maria McGuire September 11, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Thank you for the reminder to not let life just pass me by……look closer 🙂

  18. Janet September 12, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    I Love This. “Same But Different” is a theme I see everywhere! I pinned some of your pics. They really are lovely! xoxox

  19. Nina Lise@Mrs Moen September 13, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    That 6th picture gives me such a clean and Christmassy feeling. It would make an awesome card!

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