'Do the Plants Dream of Snow?'
When I came across this plant, at the first moment, I thought about removing the snow from it. Then I sat, had a coffee and gave it a thought. Would it be a good or a bad thing to do that? The plant will be released from the weight of the snow, ready to absorb the light, to sense the sun when it comes out, right? On the second thought, I realized that it got used to the snow, probably started some processes, maybe it evens makes it stay warm in there.
I remembered something a wise man told me once. He asked me if I'd take a bag of money if found laying on the street. Most of us, if honest, would answer: 'Yes, of course.' So did I. He gave me a very loving look and painted what could happen after I'd acquired that imaginary bag. It could belong to the bad guys who would kill me for it, it might make police think that I robbed the bank, not the guys who dropped it. Even if I came home and safely hid it, I'd probably have to spend it very gradually and live in fear that someone might find out about it sooner or later. In the end, he mentioned that it might make me more miserable than before I'd taken it off the street. Definitely deep.
This closed composition, chained in white, is an example of high key photography. The challenge when doing these types of shots is to preserve the detail in the dark parts but still keep the image in tonal balance. I deliberately made the snow on top of the plant seamlessly flow into the background whiteness. It counterparts the heaviness with its whiteness but also envelops the plant, metaphorically leaving no way out. This works well with the general idea. The orange pot makes the photo livelier and is the only coloured element. The right top corner element, behind the plant, is very important. It is the only object defining the perspective of the background. This is the reason why it is there.
So, not really knowing what the snow does for the plant, I decided to leave it just the way it is and let nature decide the best way. There is no need to get involved in things one doesn't understand. Except to take a photograph. Not much can go wrong that way.
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