Landscapes and Monuments that Have History !

Landscapes have Histories we may never see, or truly understand unless we research it, or have others that have done it for us. A resource into a deeper understanding of this photograph of the Antietam memorial park can be found by looking at CivilWar.org,  http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/antietam.html : a war to end all wars as all wars should have been. The Battle Antietam was the bloodiest single battles in American history. The land tended now, monuments erected, and maintained so thousands can visit and learn from the history of Our Country: now seeing the beauty in the land that we love.

See these awesome views from a photographers prospective, and we can appreciate what resources, beauty, their families and territorial land both sides were fighting for or trying to protect.

The photographic merit in this picture, I believe, is it draws your eye to all parts of the photograph, sparks interest, and I hope does justice to the sacred ground it was taken on. A marvelously beautiful day that the picture was taken, right near the anniversary of the  Landscapes that Have History   the Battle itself. Outdoor Photographer magazine covers a lot of tips to creating photographs like this. Wild Wonderful West Virginia magazine is where I developed some of my knowledge of taking good photographs, and of coarse God giving me the sight { eye } for taking photographs at a young age; if not from birth. We do need to develop our talents and he leaves that to us. Plus, our learning comes too through history and what He helps us find wisdom from what we learn : if we are open to it.

The picture below is a photograph of the Alex Haley (the author of “Roots”) memorial monument after Hurricane Sandy. The boy attentively looks up at the story teller to catch every word. The same attention getting composition of this photograph leads your eye from the story teller to the boy, and from the boy to the story teller. The name I gave the photograph, “Learning from The Storms”, is what came to mind since the water was high from a storm, and after the water subsides we see how working together is better than trying to survive on our own. Like the men that fought those bloody battles at Antietam, and the people that made their way to freedom from their slave servant lives learned during their escape through the underground railroad, people can not survive on their own and we need perseverance to make it through the tough times, and hard situations. The Storms if you will? We learn by our own experiences and the experiences of others through these trying situations. I try to remember that, in my pursuit of becoming a better photographer, and in everyday situations when I want to give up.

By always paying close attention to what makes me like or think about the subject of a picture I decided on a close in shot concentrating on the boy in the monument statues more than anything else. By Focusing  the picture in tight shows the boy’s expression and attentiveness better than if the focus was farther away.  The civil war has many lessons to learn: one of which is that like Annapolis, people are coming together despite our differences. It has taken more than a hundred years  for enough people to truly understand the lessons of the past. Although however slow, progress is made each day. It is said that a good photograph can be seen in a hundred ways, and reminds each of us of different life lessons and memories from out our lives. We all see things with different perceptions than another, and a scene can be interpreted by and tell a different story from each person that might have taken an image in the same place as another. Giving us many ways to see the same scene, whether observing, painting or taking a photograph.

So, looking into a landscape with a new perspective lends well to depict stories in a way that catches our eye, and causes us to read the message or lesson the author is trying to convey to us, or seeing a different image than one another to give us the uniqueness we all seem to hold on tight to. We all need to understand each others differences: to except and learn from our uniqueness’ will help us take home something awesome from a visit to areas we have never ventured into.

Another fun thing I like doing is looking at old family pictures and trying to find out from parents, grandparents and other family members more about the people in the picture, or where it was taken. Take many pictures: show them to others, and see how many different reactions and interpretations  people will have.

Learning from the Storms

Learning from the Storms

Landscapes that Have History
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