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Photographing the Beginning of Life

Updated on June 25, 2013
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Signs of life and photography is still one of the most interesting and beautiful photographic projects that one can undertake. Finding suitable subjects should not be too be hard to find both in nature as well as in everyday subjects. However the best subjects are usually found within our natural world.

Suitable subjects include a birds nest, the eggs themselves, fledglings, new plants life such as seedlings, plant seeds, sprouting plants. You can also use new plant growth that has taken root in dead trees such as lichens, moss or mushrooms. Sprouting flower buds are also compatible subjects. People can be good subjects for this project; an image of a newborn or a photo of a pregnant woman also applies to this theme. Wildlife can be used to represent new life such as images of new born animals, including livestock as well as pets.

Insect larvae, fish eggs, fresh new leaves are also samples that represent a rebirth. Even after a disaster such as a forest fire, sooner or later new plants will begin to sprout, grow or begin a renewal process.

Man made projects often offer suitable samples like a destruction of trees in order to build a parking lot. In times of drought many fauna and flora suffer and often die. But when the rain returns the inevitably cycle of life begins anew and capturing samples such as these are perfectly applicable towards this theme.

Other images that are suitable are scenes of water, and rain. Most of the images that will be used in this photographic challenge should be captured in their entirety; the entire subject. But many good images can be made by simply capturing parts of a subject or composing them in such a way that it gets the message across with minimal subject appearance. A pair of big adult hands holding the hands of a new born, or a bird's feathered bottom gently lying on top on a batch of eggs. Even an empty nest with some feathers on it and egg shells can be shown as a sign of new life.

They key to make good photographs that are associated with new life or the beginning of it, is to capture an image that when looked at it reminds an audience of a birth and a new beginning. Sometimes even works of art can be used. A statue of a cherubim, even some religious images can demonstrate a sense of new life. Passages in some religious scriptures also signify new life, at least to most. Go a little further an even the Sun can be used.

Because these photos mainly have a "tenderness" about them and the theme, one should consider using a softening filter as well as subtle lighting to minimize the effects of harsh lighting.

There are many opportunities to evoke a theme of new life or rebirth. One just has to be alert, plan ahead, and research similar current photographic trends.


This photographic project can be lucrative. Many greeting cards routinely use images that signify new life as in messages of congratulations for a new baby's birth.

To signify hope of better times ahead. Many inspirational posters use images of new life too to portray various messages. Social agencies and organizations can also use this theme's photos. Photo stock houses are always open for new submissions of new life images and many photographic publications regularly seek theses types of photos.

So long as the photographs are done tastefully and are technically sound and offer new perspectives of a tried and true subject matter, your work can be used.


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      robotmonster 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Beautiful photos. This reminds me of new born (humans) pictures. I should take up a project like this sometime in the Spring. Cheers for this.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “Insect larvae, fish eggs, fresh new leaves are also samples that represent a rebirth. Even after a disaster such as a forest fire, sooner or later new plants will begin to sprout, grow or begin a renewal process. In times of drought many fauna and flora suffer and often die. But when the rain returns the inevitably cycle of life begins anew and capturing samples such as these are perfectly applicable towards this theme.”

      Life finds a way. How wonderful to capture this on film.

      I love the daisy in the eggshell that seems to capture this train of thought, beautifully. And good photography captures the moments often lost. Excellent hub.

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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      Nice hub, I love taking pics of nature. It is easy to find interesting shots just out your back door. Great Hub. Socially shared.

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      Cara 6 years ago from New York

      I did this kind of project over late summer early fall with my macro lens. I was flipping over rocks and went into the woods. When I couldn't find what I was looking for that's when I though; there would be something interesting under patio blocks in the backyard. That's were I found larva from something and salamanders, a few crickets too. It was so much fun. Even more so when I downloaded them on to the computer and zoomed in to see the detail. Oh, I still have my Christmas tree up! I haven't forgotten your Christmas tree photo idea. :)

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I agree, Luis. We see signs of life images all of the time to express hope, birth, and renewal. I am seeing them frequently now on the covers of annual reports to signify growth, learning, and development. Good information as always. Thanks!

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      dyhubpagescom 6 years ago from United States of America

      Great article Luis, enjoyed it very much!


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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Not only the topic but this entire hub is encouraging. Spring is coming and the ideas you discuss here are good ones to keep in mind--thanks!


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