We're back home from our trip and trying to find the balance in our lives now that we're off the road. While we were traveling everything was organized to get where we wanted to go and make our days work well. Now that we're home things are feeling at loose ends. It's not just about unpacking, it's about trying to remember what it was we did in our days before we left on our six week trip. I know it will come and that things will come back into balance. But it takes time.
Meanwhile, I'm remembering that I like to participate in Kat Eye View's Exploring with a Camera. And significantly (or not!) the theme now is Balance. In particular balancing shapes within a photograph. You can see Kat's thoughts on this at her blog Kat Eye View of the World. She was looking at a beautiful Rothko painting and it brought to mind some of the wall photos I took a couple of years ago.
These are photographs of various painted walls in the old part of Mazatlan. Here the houses are stucco or cement that flow into one another along the street. What caught my eye was the way the colours of the edges between different dwellings created something like Rothko paintings. I actually took hundreds of images. The ones that work in my mind are those where the colours and shapes achieve a kind of tension and balance.
Like this one where the flaking paint creates a band of white that changes part way across the field of orange and yellow. I like the way the deeper colours are balanced by the white and the grey, and those little flecks of deep blue in the cracks.
Here's another one where shapes balance. The diagonal horizontal gives interest, but the real tension comes from graffiti in a couple of the sections. I also like the changes in tone in the yellow quadrant. Something about this photograph really appeals to me.
Here's another one with chalk writing on it. Without the writing the image would be quite boring I think, even though there is interest in the tonal changes from orange to pink and from blue green to golden.
I'm linking this post to Kat's Exploring with a Camera series so you can see other photographers' thoughts on this theme of balancing shapes.