Glen Goffin Photography

Friday, December 4, 2009

78 Tone Poems for the Tone Deaf

Little Girl Drinking
Where have I been? Hmmm ... clearly lost in the ether somewhere. It's good to be back :)

I've always been a fan of the photographic "tone poem". Too often, however, it is used as a description to justify a poorly focused image. But you know one when you see one. There is a rhythm and a percussion. There is rhyme and reverberation; a swish and a swirl. There are deep mysterious caverns of darkness punctuated with high noted accents . If you listen carefully with your eyes you will hear the low thrum of electric power and the shrill staccato chirp of jungle birds. What does all this nonsense mean ... it means there really aren't good words to describe a tone poem. They evoke. They don't describe.

OSJ Red Fence
With that said. These images aren't tone poems by any means. They are, in some small way perhaps, a certain blending of style ... a fusion ... a tempering of strict rendition with softer forces.

Whatever they are ... I hope you enjoy them.

Don't forget to see the poetry in your subjects and celebrate the beautiful rhythms God has placed underneath all of His creation!



Soiamastone said...

Wow Glen, so pretty, so much clarity and delicate points to gaze at. I esp. love the one leaf that stands out like an elegant ballerina if you will, like it is ready to fall but has so much character.:)
I also love the soft pink tones in your other picture from SmugMug, nice eye candy for sure!

alterdom said...

Thank you Glen,
for your visit and your kind words about my blog.
I also love your soft look on autumn.

See you!

Ove said...

Oh, these are really nice images, I would dare to call them tone poems. This was a great post, thanks Glen! It is always enjoy reading what you have on your mind. Good thoughts along with really good imagery.

Ángel Corrochano said...

The game of selective defocusings seems to me a wonder. Delicate and beautiful

Warm greetings

Markus Spring said...

Diamonds from heaven glistening...

The wide angle perspective here, together with the (semi)recognizable background makes for a great composition.