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March 21, 2012
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Wishes for spring by lieveheersbeestje Wishes for spring by lieveheersbeestje
Dandelion seeds in a little bottle. (necklace from etsy)
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The idea of a message in a bottle with a twist works fantastically in this photo. More than anything, it looks realistic. The composition just captures the dream-like storybook feel of a 'message in a bottle': the way the bottle is nestled in the sand at an angle; how the clarity of the chain gradually fades until it's just a collection of silvery spots in the background. The colours are both dreamy and realistic at the same time - warm and subtle and neutral, like the colours you would see at the beach.
The background/ bokeh is blurred enough for it to accentuate the dreamy feel to this shot. But, also, it leaves the imagination to decide whether this is shot on a beach or not.
Also, the silver of the chain adds a bit of interest - the sharp, cold sunlit metal stands out against the neutrals, however it's subtle enough not to 'jump out' of at you. These glints of sunlight on the bottle work very well in drawing attention to the bottle. Which then draws attention to the line of sand in focus. Their silvery grains are quite cute, in their own way! How I interpret it, the curve of the sand on the right represents the edge of this child-like dream. Over the edge is probably the edge of this beautiful scene, and the end of the dream.
And lastly, the dandelion seeds are a very clever idea. Whether you intended to provoke these ideas from people or not, I love it! It reminds me of Roald Dahl's BFG (if you've ever read it), where the Big Friendly Giant catches childrens' dreams in his little jar. Dandelion seeds are perfect for adding emotion and and provoking memories from viewers of this photo, not only in their beauty and delicacy but in the way that they're associated with summer, and the way that every child has blown a dandelion clock and watched the seeds fly away. In the bottle here, they're like captured memories of childhood and summer - quite poignant.
Even the blurred sand in the foreground works well in framing the photo. The blurriness frames the clarity of the bottle. I'd like a little more of the silvery sand in focus, but, at the same time, I like this photo because it leaves me wanting to see and know more about it. ^^
This is why this photo grabbed my attention :) Great job!
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