Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

August 17, 2009

It’s not what you think

Filed under: entropy, Film, New Jersey, Non Birds — richditch @ 7:57 pm
Mushroom Pair

Mushroom Pair

I know some viewers won’t like this image. In fact one regular viewer here saw this shot many years ago and stated it was my worst photo ever, or something to that effect. But going through my files I find I am still attracted to this image.

This pair of mushrooms was photographed many years ago. somewhere in New Jersey. I’m not sure now exactly where: it could have been at Allaire State Park, or Telegraph Hill park in Holmdel, or maybe even my yard in Freehold.

So, why do I like it? It is an understated shot like a lot of my work, with little color. It relies mostly on strong graphics. It is a “found” object encountered at random, rather than an a controlled subject in an engineered setting. It shows signs of entropy.

But what really appeals to me is the why it can be seen as something other than what it is. It makes me think of gardener’s knees, dirty from kneeling in the wet soil. I have a few other images that can be interpreted as other things, and I might post them later. But probably none that work as well as this one.

So, let me know what you think of this. Is it my worst photo? What does it look like to you?



  1. Rich,

    I don’t think this is your “worst photo ever”, in fact I quite like it.

    As to what it reminds me of, marshmallows just beginning to get brown over a camp fire, and I have very recent experiences with that!

    Comment by Mia — August 17, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

  2. Rich,

    No question what it reminds me of – makes me think someone with a dirty butt is mooning me.

    From your title “It’s not what you think” I suspect that’s not an original observation on my part but it is what the photo reminds me of.

    And I do like the shot.

    Comment by Ron Dudley — August 19, 2009 @ 6:37 am

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