Here Lucia’s camera has stopped the water drops in mid air. Without the help of the photographer this is something we could never see.
Susan says, “Like the photograph, design can make the invisible visible by pointing out relationships, connections, behaviors, associations, and by stopping motion and making fleeting motion visible. Here clear bluish green transparent water has become almost solid in the form of white droplets that appear to rise weightless from the stream. And, as an added gift, the liquid has formed into a seeming solid rimmed dish holding the droplets. Wow. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if great design could be achieved by simply tossing a rock into a stream? Still sometimes it’s a good idea to toss a rock into your design, metaphorically speaking, to see what happens. Take a risk and maybe you can turn water into sparkling crystals.”
Lucia says, “Although this photo looks serendipitous, the capturing of it took planning. I would get ready with focus and exposure and then would tell my friend where to throw the rock into the water. The splash itself was random. It took several tries before I was happy with the result. My concentration was focused on stopping the motion of the splash. Later I noticed design elements that added to my satisfaction with the photo. The water is black at the top and emerald green at the bottom creating a gradient background. The small leaves floating in the black area look like confetti bursting from the disruption in the water. Isn’t that the way it is with design, though? You work carefully with an idea in mind and then you see something that surprises you. That’s the fun of it, don’t you think? I say, be open to those possibilities and enjoy yourself while creating your designs. It will show in the results.”
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