#938. Serial shooting: dry spell, or still water?

By philberphoto | Art & Creativity

Dec 07

What is in shooting a series? Leveraging an idea, a point of view, a style, a technique, a subject, in order to turn one into many?

Underwater, or?
Leaf… but no digital back…

Why is it that, after having always felt that series were boring, unimaginative, formulaic, lacking the delightful charm of its musical equivalent, the variations genre, I find myself presenting a series here, my first ever?

Wanting out, definitely…

Have I gotten lazy -or lazier-? Do I now see in a series something that I overlooked for many years?

Prisons are dark. This one as light within…

I guess the answer is that this subject appeals to me not only in and of itself, but also because it is a new story. Leaves shot from outside a greenhouse, with glass in between, and not exactly clear glass.

Like plants behind walls.

Like in and out.

Like sharp and not sharp.

Like a dream…

Like, I am attracted to doing more. Of this one, and of other series….

Underwater fight

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  • Beat says:

    fantastic images. Bravo!

  • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    Because each time you go there, you see something new. Once you chuck away the water wings and learn to swim for yourself, you don’t need all those “rules” we had chucked in our faces back at the beginning. Instead, you cultivate the “eye” – the ability to “see” – see things other people don’t.

    And then, because you’re a nice person, you share them with everyone else in DS. 🙂

    Hopefully, we are all learning from you, while you do it.

  • Michael Fleischer says:


    Those images looks so fantastic and seductively appealing!
    A keen mind & eye…


  • Frank Field says:

    The strength of these images comes from their juxtaposition. Anyone of them might feel like a quick shot taken in passing. But, by going back time and again, you do build a story and show us the variety and value of changing light. Reflecting on this fine series, I start to feel better about some of my own returns to the scene of prior images and capturing them again and again.

  • A Sublime set of images by a Master

  • Sean says:

    To me, a terrific series of images extolling an understanding of how use constraints imposed by lens, framing, camera type, environmental factors and blurriness – all used to their advantage. This is in conjunction with choice of subject and subject matter. A most excellent presentation, that’s certainly more than the sum of its parts.

  • Kristian Wannebo says:

    A great series!

    And some of them I find strong enough to stand on their own.

    Especially # 1, 6, 7 & 9 appeal strongly to me.


  • Nancee Rostad says:

    I, for one, am so glad that you kept returning to your wonderful theme, Philippe! They are mysterious, evocative, and intriguing, each and every one. My favorites are the “leafy” images, as they seem to embody the opening sentences to an interesting novel – and would make a fine cover image for the novel. Thanks for sharing!

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