The Turning October 25, 2013October 25, 2013 | drawandshoot The cold is seeping into the fragile bones of the garden, things can get strange out there. [Layered photographs, and strange ideas] © Karen McRae, 2013 Share this:SharePinterestEmailTumblrFacebookTwitterLinkedInLike this:Like Loading... Related
81 thoughts on “The Turning”
I absolutely love what you do with the seedheads, Karen…all through the winter…and now again in the fall. Such wonderful work, truly. 🙂
Hi Scott, thank you. Just a little bit of playfulness on a Friday.
I went out to make photographs of the early morning frost and got distracted by the seed heads… : )
Have a great weekend, my friend!
Wonderfully strange 😉
Thank you, Helen. It’s a strange world!
I’m pretty sure it’s not just me… ; )
The bottom one kind of looks like a little bird 🙂 Very cool shots!
That’s what I was thinking too. Thank you, Francine.
Beautiful. Yes also reminded of baby birds or dinosaurs as well. And I love that it can get strange out there. Beautiful pairing of image and word thought.
Thanks, Steven. Yes, strange can be good.
Love these :/)
Thank you, just a few little garden oddments… : )
I love it! The little bird… beautiful!! ❤
Thank you, Gro!
This is your exclusive field of art !
And I think this art has managed to go into the abstract, far beyond of any
figurative notion —– purely the tone and texture.
Hi Yoshizen, thanks for your comment. My little seedheads are always surprising me. ; )
Just love so much.
Yay! Thank you, Brenda.
A still dance! Gorgeous.
These are wonderful. Fragile, lovely a tad eerie. The shapes can be anything. Beautiful.
I’m happy you like these, thank you.
They are a bit odd, aren’t they. You never know who you might run into out there…
These images are stunning.
I love what you do with layers & shapes.
Thanks, Vicki. Sometimes I see these little characters and I can’t resist helping them take further shape. I’m glad you like them!
Beautiful photos. The dryness of the winters of visible. 🙂
Yes those little garden seedheads are drying out, but today they are being drenched by rain. We seem to be having those autumn rains now. Thanks, Nandini!
You see some amazing things, Karen. Strange, if you wish,, but your imagination with these is quite entertaining.
A bit of fun with a macro lens and shallow depth of field! I’m glad you like them, Steve, thank you. : )
Perfect. : )
I find your work a visual manifestation of the word “nuanced” … thank you!
Hi Gerri, thank you very much.
Your work is really intriguing, I look forward to exploring it more.
Thank you, Marius!
I don’t want to worry you, Karen, but your plants appear to be turning into dancing birds. These are beautiful, and a fascinating development.
: ) I wonder if this answers that age-old chicken and egg question; maybe birds originally came from seeds…
I’m not to worried at the moment but I’ll be keeping an eye out for further developments!
Thank you, Phil! : )
I’m glad you think so, thank you!
I am blown away with your work. It is inspired.
Hi Jacqueline, thank you so much for your kind words, and the reblog too. Much appreciated. I see we are not too far apart geographically.
Best wishes, Karen
Reblogged this on artinstructor and commented:
This artist is just fantastic. I am at a loss of words.
really beautiful shots Karen. agree with others- there’s definitely a strange other worldliness. I wonder if you might have heard of a new Australian film called ‘The Turning’? It’s based on a series of short stories by a great Aussie writer, Tim Winton. Each story is directed and acted by a separate ensemble, but the collected work makes up a poem of interlaced relationships and events. The filming is done with such great respect for the environment and, as the definitive indi film maker’s film, I’m sure photographers would also love it. Some more about the film is here and the mini promo is here: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/theturning/
Thank you, Chas.
I’m not familiar with that film but it looks really interesting. It doesn’t appear to be playing here but I’ll check around a little more and try and figure out how to see it. Thanks for that!
Adorable! Once again I have to scroll for ages to find room for my comment! I hope it’s worth it! You have beautiful eyes! Your camera is the giveaway! 🙂
Thank you, Gigi! I’m glad you like my quirky garden characters. : )
Always lovely to hear from you.
Beautiful, Karen! The middle photo is my favourite: I like the soft, silvery tones – kind of soft and metallic at the same time.
Thank you, Dominique! I like how the vegetation becomes silver and gold in the autumn.
Thank you, Adrian!
so so beautiful! this is a seriously stunning series!
xx Vera & Rony
Much thanks for your comment, Vera and Rony. I’m glad you like them.
Oh, wow. My heart’s skipped some beats.
Gardens can be surprising! : )
Very soft and calm. The blue sky light adds a nice touch.
Thank you, Samar.
I love these Karen!!
The third picture looks like a fragile little bird…. They’re so beautiful!!
Thanks, Sophie! : )
delicate but powerful images…
thats seriously an exceptional piece of art … 🙂
sometimes it seems like rotten plants to me and sometimes its just smoke and blurrness …
Magical morphing! Some of my favorite things captured in a way that only you can allow us to see them.
I just love these dreamy images of yours. These are no exception 🙂
Ever surprising, ever refreshing. Great!
…and lavender grays and silvery tones…images for dreaming…
Wow, these are beautiful So fragile and delicate. Like smoke flowers.
much of your work has a painterly quality to it, which is something i admire oh so strongly. as much as i love photography, it is the painted nature that moves me the most. your photographs very often have the combined effect of both media.
hesitant to add anything with 66 comments already but, this was so original, breaks new ground.
Pure divine dreamwork, Karen! ****
You are taking these to the next level – and I thought you had already peaked with these last year. Love it!
Amazing how you captured wistfulness.
Wauw I really love their softness! These pictures are very interesting.. you just keep looking at them. Keep up the good work!
Thank you, Sofia!
so so nice.
You never know what might grow in your garden… ; )
Thank you, Hai.
These images stopped me dead in my tracks. Delicate and powerful at the same time. Beautiful work Karen.
Hi Sean, that’s nice to hear, thank you.
They are part of an ongoing series about transformation. I’m glad you find them interesting.
Bordering the abstract… Outstanding!
Thank you very much, António.