That which we call a rose

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” – Henri Matisse

I got a shot of this rose along side the driveway of my mother’s home during sunset during a recent visit. The sun was streaming through some trees across the street and skimming off the driveway. I popped off a flash to light up the rose and made my picture.

Back when I was taking photography courses in college, one of my class assignments was to find something to shoot in my backyard. The rationale being that anyone can go to an exotic locale and come back with an interesting picture. Searching for a compelling photo closer to home takes more work, more creativity. One needs to start to look at things differently. To see things as if you’ve never been there before. Since then I’ve always tried to make interesting pictures of the mundane. I try to find a new or picturesque way of seeing and recording of every day events and people.

Technically, this photo wasn’t taken in my backyard (it hasn’t been for quite a long time now), but for me, photo-wise, you can always go home again.

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