Photographing Nature Taking Over
You have seen many times plants growing on the most unlikely locations such as on top of a wooden post or even in between cracks on the sidewalks or cracks of some buildings.
You have also probably read about some ancient temples in Indonesia that have become so overgrown with giant trees that they will soon disappear as nature slowly, yet surely, takes over anything that man makes and does not constantly upkeep.
This project aims to record such instances where wildlife or nature as a whole invades man made structures and reclaims its domain.
You can start by doing some basic research into the ecology of the part or region of the world where you reside and try to locate such samples, but more than likely you will achieve the project's purpose by simply looking at nature, especially where both it and civilization meet.
Look for unusual circumstances like mentioned before where a plant has taken root on the crack of a cement structure, inside of an abandoned tire, even on the inside of a dead trunk.
Wildlife can also offer great photographs too. For example if you have been scuba diving or even looked at images of marine wildlife you at some time or another probably seen fish and other life residing in our waste products such as glass bottles, barrels, discarded fishing nets, sunken ships and other crafts, even in the insides of discarded or destroyed war machines; reminders of man's inhumanity and futility.
Small rodents and other critters find readily take over any un-maintained structures like fence posts, roof undersides and such. Use this knowledge to scout for subjects and record their images.
Careful planning, a keen eye and lots of patience will reward your efforts. Make the best of the opportunities presented to you and aim to record these photographs with creativity and imagination.
One of the best subjects that you should be on the look out for is to seek out any of the many invasive plant species that are very abundant on many cities and towns. Their rapid growth and aggressive nature make them natural subjects to include in this project.
"ScienceDaily (May 2, 2009) — New research shows that two key causes of plant invasion--escape from natural enemies, and increases in plant resources--act in concert. This result helps to explain the dramatic invasions by exotic plants occurring worldwide. It also indicates that global change is likely to exacerbate invasion by exotic plants."
Your images can be used for a nature photography publication and for some curiosity publications as well.
Some may even be used be greeting card companies, especially those photos that show animals living in unusual places, and by fine art galleries.
However, samples meant for galleries must be top notch images not only in their technical aspects but in their subject selection and compositional elements.
The project is also very suitable for the production of a book detailing the effects of nature on abandoned structures and how life or rather nature always finds a way of utilizing everything around us. In other words; nature wastes nothing.
Something else to consider in today's technological age is to make the project into an e-book.
"An electronic book (variously, e-book, ebook, digital book) is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices" Wikipedia
There are several sites that will guide one step by step into creating one and with the speed of communication now available, this can be a suitable alternative to a book in print form.
Most sites will allow you to make the e-book for free and will only charge a percentage every time a book is downloaded.
© 2012 Luis E Gonzalez
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