Honestly? The main purpose of this post is to create an opportunity to publish the photo with the Eastern Screech Owl, which had an interesting impact on Google+. Although, I take advantage and share my thoughts about levels of messages within a photo and I added an invitation to share your ideas about this subject.
I started to notice that photos of animals may carry different levels of messages, even if not treated as digital piece of art but with a more strict, conservative approach in processing the file. There are obvious levels but also a better hidden, metaphysical level.
First, a photo may simply present how a species looks like, taken with the purpose to collect as many species as possible. A few examples:
At a second level, a photo may show an animal in action displaying some sort of activity with a biological purpose like feeding, courtship behavior, hiding, fleeing or defending territory. I find these photos much more interesting although way more difficult to capture. A few examples:
Among the photos, which I have taken recently, I started to notice a few which contain a message of an additional level. The message may be very subjective, projected into the photo by the viewer itself or more obvious. I call this level meta level. Examples are “Taking risks”, a more obvious messages in the photo of the Squirrel reaching for the buds or a less obvious, maybe more subjective idea of “Invisibility” in the feature photo of this post:
Photos with meta messages are the ones I love most and I am eager to capture more of them. I am pretty sure that I am not the first one to discover this characteristic of nature photography and I would love some comments about your experience in shooting photos with meta messages.
This also my last post of Winter 2015/2016. Looking forward for spring to arrive!