Monday, May 07, 2007
spt - smaller than a deck of cards
first tomato, june 2005
remember the rebel blogger who was going to post her spt on friday? you know, *breakin' the rules*!! how freeing!!
yeah, i totally ran with that idea. so, now it's monday, and i grabbed an older pic from my desktop, and there's no self in it (well, except if you count the "self" who created those little hands.)
this is one of the first photos i ever took after i had been reading blogs for a while. even though i wasn't reading photography blogs, per se, i had already picked up on the nuance of shooting photos that really captured more feeling. coincidentally, one aspect of the conference i just attended was the concept of making a good frame into a great frame. (dewitt jones, national geographic)
the subject? my son jack, then 4, and the first tomato picked from our vine. it was a hot and humid day, and after we picked the tomato, he posed for shot after shot, as i tried to capture the feeling of picking the first tomato. we sat on my bed (good light? neutral background?), and when i was finally satisfied, we ate that tomato right then and there.
what does this have to do with the challenge? i'm not sure (there she is, that *rebel* again!) his hands cupped together were probably the size of a deck of cards. the tomato surely was smaller.
what i treasure about this photo is that it captures a moment. a moment with a child. a moment in the summer. a moment of dirty fingernails and possibilities. (when the photo was taken, we would not know that it would be the only tomato that grew on that vine.)
the photo of my son with his tomato is a good frame. the photo of my sons hands cradling something he grew himself is a great frame.