This week we were asked to show a photograph which displayed Contrast. Such an open subject but as usual the guidelines are “pretty clear” what is expected. It can be any form of contrast, colour, light, shadow, texture and this is the bit I like, any creative way I see fit. Now that’s an open subject if ever there was one. But undaunted i set off on Saturday to capture my Contrast photographs.
Lot’s of contrasts in this one. Blue and yellow, or how the lively bloom of the daffodils and the almost lifeless tree. can you think of any other contrasts in this picture?
My second photograph may not be obvious what the contrast is but this is where the being creative comes in.
When I was walking around Birkenhead Park it sort of struck me how odd this scene looked. First of all you have the old boathouse, built about 1847 and in contrast you have modern man doing an ancient task with all the modern accoutrements. Warm flask, nice easy lightweight collapsible chair, carbon fibre rod. Well they did say I could be creative.
You might not know this but in 1850, American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted arrived by ship in Liverpool. The town of Birkenhead is just across the river from Liverpool and it is known that Olmstead visited Birkenhead Park during his stay in England, probably using the Mersey Ferry to get across the river.Olmstead noted Birkenhead was “a model town” which was built “all in accordance with the advanced science, taste, and enterprising spirit that are supposed to distinguish the nineteenth century”. Now here’s the good part. In 1858, Olmstead and Calvert Vaux won the competition to design a new park for the rapidly growing city of New York. I wonder if Olmstead took inspiration from his visit to Birkenhead Park?