Thursday’s Special

Paula (Lost in Translation) set a very difficult and challenging photo challenge last week. It almost had me stumped. I had an idea in my head, but lacked the vision to translate the idea into an image. Conceptual photography is what she asked for. The art of creating photographs that illustrate an idea.


Be it an illustration of a story, a dramatic moment or even just some simple things in life that would bring a smile to your face, a good conceptual portrait should never leave you indifferent.

walk slowly and think quietly;
observe what is around you,
focus your mind.
stay in control.
listen to nature.
the wind in the trees;

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

25 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special”

  1. Jude, I have no idea how you did it, but the result is powerful and enigmatic. I am guessing double image merger. It looks like a beautiful tapestry. Thank you for the verses that lead me through your creative image. Mindfulness is a wonderful concept to tackle. I was right – I love it 🙂

    1. Double image, double border, poster effect and lots of faffing around with levels and opacity. I had a couple of attempts, but liked this result the best. Glad you like it too 🙂

  2. I’m obviously not a conceptual person, Jude. I didn’t think Buddha till I read the comments. I like the end product but couldn’t really follow the thought process. 🙂 🙂

    1. You can’t see the buddha head in the image? Buddha = meditation; Zen garden (overlaid) = calm; falling leaves = sound; autumn leaves = nature. Total = mindfulness

      Oh, well, I can’t win them all 😉

      1. I can now but I was clueless when I first looked. You know I’m skilled at being clueless. You had fun and Paula likes it. Job done! 🙂 🙂

    1. I only just squeezed in Sue. I had the idea, but actually creating an image to convey it was very hard. Definitely not my strength!

  3. Well done Jude, I love this, it’s wonderfully creative and thought provoking as well. Did you enjoy doing it? Would you dabble again?I used to like playing with images, but rarely have time now.

  4. Well done you Jude ! I’d have been wavering mightily as to how to tackle this challenge myself . Lots of creativity in processing here and a lovely end result !

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