Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 114: Negative Space

Having a little extra time on my hands this week I decided to do something I wish I did more often, join a photo challenge. This Lens-Artists photo challenge is open to everyone that wishes to participate. There is a new theme every week. For a while I participated almost every week, but lately I haven’t, I’m going to try my best to change that. Photography is something I am very passionate about. It’s been a big part of my life since I was 5 years old, and got my first camera. I would go as far as saying that photography makes me happy on many levels; capturing special moments (of course,) forcing myself to slow down and see the details, as a way to practice gratitude, and live in the moment.

This week’s theme is Negative Space. I would describe a negative space in photography as a calm, quiet area around the main subject. When there is a quiet space around your subject, all the attention is focused on your main subject. Sort of like the minimalistic way I like to decorate my home. When things aren’t cluttered we tend to see the beauty in details in a different way, without being distracted by less important things (clutter.) I looked through the gallery of photos I have on my laptop, looking for the perfect landscape photo to show my point here…but found a completely different photo that screamed that it wanted to be shared.

Corb Lund Live in Las Vegas

This is a photo from a Corb Lund concert (one of my favourite artists.) The concert took place in Las Vegas, December 2018, as a part of the opening to the National Finals Rodeo. If you want to see more of my photos from that concert, I wrote a post about the concert here. I think the calm, quiet space around the artist in this photo, combined with the lighting creates the perfect negative space around him, forcing us to give Corb Lund all of our attention, like if he needed any help with that besides his excellent music, but I think you get my point. I also like that the “out of focus band member” in the background is looking away from the camera. I took this photo with my Canon EOS 6D Mark II, and the Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM. What do you think of this photo? Constructive criticism is more than welcome.

Love,

Maria

Unexpected Break

Yesterday I got a call from my daughter’s school, that she had a fever and wasn’t feeling well. I left work to pick her up, and she was indeed not her usual self. She did complain in the morning that she was tired…but it was Monday morning, and morning is not her favourite time of the day. She still has a fever, and is feeling poorly. I am grateful that I can stay at home with her when she isn’t feeling well, but at the same time it was really bad timing since we are short on staff at work, and there is so much to do. I am going to stay at home until my daughter is feeling well, but I cannot help but to think about letting my awesome colleagues and kids at work down.

The photo above is the current view from my bedroom window. It’s a grey day outside, but the green/yellow/orange/red colours makes it kind of beautiful. I’ll spend the day reading to my daughter, and telling her stories, and feeding her lots of healthy food and vitamins. I’ve ordered groceries to be delivered in a couple hours, all her favourites, and then some, to make her feel good faster.

At breakfast we started to talk about the region around Åre (Sweden) where I grew up. I showed her some clips on Youtube from the area. I wanted to take her there this summer, but with Corona in town I decided to postpone the visit. I am eager to share all my favourite nature places with her. It really is an amazingly beautiful area, and I want to spend time there with my daughter; snowboarding in the winter and hiking the rest of the year. It’s a mountain region and it never gets too hot there. This is where I grew up, about six hours from where I live now.

I did not make this video, or have any connection to the maker of the video, I just thought it was one of the best, short ones out there. I really love this area, and would love to have a vacation home here. Maybe a tiny house? Or an RV? The main reason why I left was that it was very difficult to live in the middle of Åre and have a normal day job, both due to the noise level of partying tourists, and then it was friends from all over the world coming to visit you at all times. Åre is a party town, but I am not a party girl. I’m more into enjoying nature in a more mindful way. I love having friends over, but not every week of the year, it’s kind of hard to manage having a balanced life then. Looking back maybe I should have taken the time to find a place outside town, which is what I would do today, but back then I was so tired of it all that I moved to a completely different place. I am grateful for all the experiences that move brought into my life. Some of my childhood friends never left, and I can understand that as well. I hope your new week got off to great start!

Love,

Maria