Lily Pad Land

This is an in-camera double exposure (digital) I had made this past summer in the middle of drought. The water was so low the lily pads were wilting on dry land. I just came across this image when I was looking for a reference for something I am painting and I was struck by the environmental extremes that we all seem to be experiencing.
(Click on the image for a larger view)

Β© Karen McRae, 2012

72 thoughts on “Lily Pad Land

  1. It is quite an irony isn’t it. Messy view of the environmental situation has been
    superimposed on the sky and created rather pretty impressionistic image.
    After all, nature is far more resilient than we think. —— next year you may
    find the beautiful flowers there again.

    1. Well, it’s more just a lucky shot than anything, I think! It’s actually quite tricky doing double exposures and planning out how images might work together. Did you notice that what appears to be clouds in the sky are actually rocks? Thanks, Elena!

  2. This is a beautiful image, and I don’t know why! I don’t think I would have recognised the lily pads without your guidance, but I certainly have a sense of abandonment and desolation – created, I think, by the long horizontals and the muted palette.

    1. Your comment is interesting, Louis. I kind of like that you can’t really put your finger on what you see or like about it. Perhaps just sort of an impression in the layering…

  3. I don’t know how I missed this one while I was looking at your works earlier. I have to agree with other posts about the resemblance to the style of a Monet as this too was my first impression when I took a look at it for the first time. Although I haven’t taken a look at all of your work yet I’d have to say that this one is now my favorite piece. And I may add what I fine piece – very well done Karen! You are a master… I love it. Where can I view it in person?

    1. Thank you, Chris. I haven’t actually tried printing this out yet. It might be kind of interesting really big. I’m hardly a master but thanks for the kind words – it’s more of a lucky shot!

    1. Thank you kindly, Richard. I got luck with this one, double exposures are really interesting but I haven’t felt I’ve done too many that are very successful – but I’ll keep trying!

  4. Dang it. Everyone else already said “painterly”. So I’ll go with swevenly. I don’t know if my camera does the double ex, but I’m determined to find out.

  5. Turner meets Monet. Amazing. I have a dream house in my head and lately I have been mentally furnishing it with large canvases of all your latest efforts. This one is at the end of a wide hallway. πŸ™‚ One day … !

  6. Gosh … sad lily pads. 😦 never seen that before … I wish you and everyone well with your crazy weather! πŸ™‚

  7. This is terrific. I have been wishing my camera allowed double exposures as there are some things I would like to try. Now I am wishing for this even harder. C’mon Canon – how about a firmware update to allow it, must be possible….

    1. Oh it’s good fun, I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the summer experimenting but it’s going to take me awhile to get a good feel for it.
      Here’s hoping you get a firmware update!

      1. Well… I like my Canon. And, they don’t come cheaply.
        This is the image that really set me wanting this feature – I saw it in the exhibit and was blown away. The photographer had two similar images, the other one I liked even better.

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