Things Lined Up Haphazardly

on a grey day…

Monumental-PoplarsThe tree images are in-camera double exposures. One exposure is a still shot and the other is made with camera movement (I think it’s worth clicking on the top image to see it larger). Today is sunny, though, and just warm enough for a bit of melting but there’s not too much spring here yet.


Wired-StarlingsIn spite of winter’s extensive embrace the birds seem rather cheerful. There is lots of singing and fluttering outside my window. I hope they don’t mind another 10-15 cm of snow that is apparently on its way… These are restless starlings ‘vibrating’ on a power line and even though they are out focus I sort of like the smudgy charcoal look of them. Well, happy (sort of) spring.    : )

© Karen McRae, 2014

44 thoughts on “Things Lined Up Haphazardly

  1. I always love your photographs, Karen. They’re inspiring, tender and special. The second image is my favorite, beautiful! Happy springtime! 🙂

  2. The wonderful shimmer that marks spring’s arrival. Karen, your images capture time passing through our lives. r

  3. Beautifully dreamy images, Karen! And I love how you posted the last one of the starlings — sometimes it seems like images always have to be technically “perfect” to keep, but to me, it’s the ones that make you “feel” something that are so worth holding onto.

  4. Karen,

    It is intriguing that photographers have themes that they get drawn to revisiting. It is as if we have not quite caught that thing that has caught our attention and need to go back for just one more go. And then we see something new which takes the ‘theme’ a step onwards.

    The snow can give the illusion that images are monochromatic; until you look more closely and pick out the hues that are there. We had a discussion about spring light on another blog and agreed that in the UK the lack of foliage and low angle of the sun tends to make the intensity different to the higher sun of summer. In your pictures it gives this dream-like quality.


    ps Great pics!

  5. Such an interesting idea – to superimpose a still with a moving photo of the same trees. The results are wonderful and yes, well worth clicking on!! And there are your silvery-subdued colors – shimmering and inviting.

  6. Lovely, Karen. I think about your work a lot, especially when I’m in nature most days. I admire and am inspired by how creative you are, always expanding the form. This, as much of your work, is beautiful and haunting (in a good way).

  7. Well, the only signs of spring I see are the glossy surfaces on the melting ice. I hope it gets better … :/ 🙂 I am sure it will! xoxo

  8. Thank you for your comment. its about trying to capture transitions in a form that’s readable. That is what fascinates me about your work where you capture so effortlessly different times and states in the one image. the liminal space when something is there but not quite there. It has the effect on me of being drawn into the image in contrast to other photographs where their clarity somehow makes a visual barrier that prevents my eye from going into the image.

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