Featured Photography-Dried, Dead Flounder In Grass

Featured Photography Dried Dead Flounder In Grass

Featured Photography Dried Dead Flounder In Grass



Featured Photography Dried Dead Flounder In Grass

About The Photograph

Photographer’s Statement

This photograph is representative of a body of work that I would call “Unsought Recorded Observations/Found Still Life”. Because it’s random, unplanned, and the impulse to make a picture was spontaneous in nature. In other words, I wasn’t looking to make any photographs, I just happened to see something that I thought would make an interesting picture.

The Backstory

The Process Of Making The Photograph

WTF? That was my gut reaction when seeing this. 

How did this fish get here?  I mean, I’m in Houston, TX and as far as I can tell we ain’t that close to the ocean.

I know it ain’t a pretty picture. But sometimes, life ain’t pretty.

Nonetheless, there was something interesting about what I was seein’ that initiated that familiar impulse of wanting to make a photograph.  So, I took out a camera and did my best to make an interesting picture.

It’s funny when I’m in the process of making a photograph I don’t intellectualize the process of composition extensively nor do I realize the psychology of why I’m making the picture. I just respond with my camera based on my gut and do my best to create what I believe will be an interesting photograph. I paid attention to framing and content and made the picture.

The Critique Of The Photograph

Above all, I need to see the final photograph as a result of my process of making the picture. Because when viewed from that perspective I can critique my composition in a useful way. 
The Visual

First and foremost is the impact of the subject matter in terms of absurdity. Then, there’s visual busyness created by the variance of textures, colors, and the mix of “natural” and “unnatural” elements. Furthermore, even though the photograph has a horizontal orientation it’s filled with a vertical, rigid structure caused by the overall shapes of grass, curb, and gutter within the frame. Finally, the diagonal orientation of the fish creates a break in the pattern; a visual tension, so to speak.

The Psychology

My first impression of the picture is similar to my first impression of what I saw; disturbing. What lingers in my mind about this work is the sharp teeth of the fish and the visual reminder of that saying “a fish out of water”. This is literally a fish out of water; a visual representation of the saying used to describe being, or feeling, out of place. A feeling I’m familiar with. More specifically, this picture reminds me that, without adaptation, if I remain out of my element for an extended period, I die.

In addition, within the context of the fish being in the photograph, where the grass meets the curb reminds me of where the ocean meets the beach. While the fish is primarily positioned in the grass(water) a small part of it remains on the beach(the gutter). It’s as if the fish realized it was out of its element but wasn’t able to act fast enough to return to the water. 

In short, I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. In other words, while I wanna make people aware of my photography, I don’t want my pictures posted and shared on social media.

Specifically, if there was a picture on this page, when sharing this page on social media, the photograph would be pulled into social media as part of the sharing. And, since I don’t want to happen, this is the best solution I can think of. So please, feel free to share this page. Keep scrollin’ to the bottom and a little handy pop up will appear.

This picture is available for purchase as wall art or as rights managed stock photography.



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