Monday, December 31, 2007

In Human Scale #1 or #2

"In Human Scale #1"
Grain field
Martin County, Texas

"In Human Scale #2"
Abandoned farm house
Martin County, Texas

Neither of these pictures are the best quality -- the first one is out of focus and the second obscures Donna's face, but I thought you might like to see the scale of our adventures in Martin County on Saturday. (And speaking of scale, Lisa was curious about the size of yesterday's cotton bricks -- they are about 10 feet or 3 meters high, half that wide, and double that long.)

Which photo do you prefer?

I've had a wonderful time asking that question all throughout the This or That December experiment because of your helpful, fun, and thought-provoking answers.

You also gave me lots of wonderful ideas and suggestions about what comes next. I especially liked Frances' idea of asking a question about which This or That is more effective in some way (as opposed to just which one you prefer). I also especially liked D.C. Confidential's idea about sharing the technical side of my photo preparations. And I was really happy that you all have enjoyed This or That and enjoyed the interactiveness of it as many of you, including Diane Clancy, wrote.

So, I'm going to spend time today continuing to think of tomorrow's new adventure. Tonight I will draw names from the hat, announce the month's prize winner, and update the blog with December's monthly calendar.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! I have such good feelings about 2008, don't you?


nelda said...

I think I like #2 better, although I like the sky in #1. #2 shows more depth which is more appealing to me. I can't wait to see what you come up with for January. I'm sure I will love it whatever it is!

John (Copyright JMM 2007) said...

Two, for me, is remarkable - I like that Donna's features are not visible - makes the image more universal. An eerie dream - with plants in front and then the deserted house. Atmosphere - props - reality.

The brown palette is recent posts is striking. Warm earth tones cooled by winter.

Bobbie said...

I'm still going against the flow. I like the vastness of #1, the smallness of the figure (donna) only emphasizes it more.

p.s. Debi, your header click did not return me to the home page. If you need help in fixing it, just ask me. You taught me how! lol.

Sue O'Kieffe said...

i like #1 for the same reasons as bobbie. gives me a sense of the vastness of your playing field. all those possibilities for getting up close! (being a macro girl, and all)
~Sue O'Kieffe

Neda said...

My dearest friend, I have been so lucky to have met this year and to be in awe of your art. I hope 2008 bring you much happiness :)

dianeclancy said...

Hi Debi,

I am going to vote for #2 ... I love the texture of the image. I too love the sky in #1 ... but I am sticking with #2.

~ Diane Clancy

Bev said...

I like 1 the best. You don't often get this sense of scale and vastness where I live because it is so built-up, and even in the countryside you rarely get clear horizons, as you do here, because everything is on a smaller scale; there will usually be trees, buildings or hedges somewhere to be seen.

Andi said...

I'm a prairie girl, so I'm drawn to the big sky in #1.

Have a Happy New Year, Debi. I can hardly wait to see what you have for us in January!

riatortilla said...

Debi, trying to get in touch with you but don't have your current contact info. My Xmas card to you was returned this afternoon! Boo hoo! Love your photographs, especially breaking barriers. Ria R. now in northern Indiana.

tangled stitch said...

I like #2. Happy New Year!

Debi said...

Thank you everyone for voting.

Nelda, I'm surprised at your vote this time. ;)

John, leave it to you to notice the changing palette (that corresponds to the changing season here).

Mom, I like that one best. Oops. I let the cat out of the bag. I try not to do that. And I might hit you up about the header info. It's been "broke" a while now and I would like to fix it. LOL that *I* taught you and have now forgotten.

Sue, I always enjoy your mandalas and when you have posted your original images I have enjoyed them immensely, too. I dig macro too and have to force myself not to spend all my time bent over a flower or blade of grass. To stand up every now and then! ha

Neda, hope you are having a good time in Beirut.

Diane, it was so amazing to be among that tall grass and weeds. I didn't think the photo translated well, but maybe it was better than I thought.

Bev, it still amazes me how desolate the U.S. West can still be. You'd think we'd have finally filled everywhere up. Apparently not.

Andi, I didn't know that about you. Heck, I don't know a lot of things about you. Hm. That gives me an idea about who I will tag when I do that 5 Things tag.

Ria The Tortilla! Darlin' I'll email you. So glad you found me!

Tangled Stitch. Thank you for your vote. I need to check out your blog and see who this nice Stitch person is. :)

Oh no! It's a tie! Well, that's probably an appropriate way to end the December experiment. And here's an awful confession: I'm still not sure what I will do on my blog tomorrow! I liked This or That immensely, but it needs a little something different to welcome the new year.

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Ok, seeing as tho I missed the boat on voting I won't reveal my favorite and go and upset the balance.
I have also truly enyoyed your 'this and that' experiment. Well done you!!
Have a fun-tastic year!
Lisa :)

Ps: thanks for the measurements on the bales. They're HUGE!

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

I've got to go with #1 on this one. Just the enormity of the space and our place in it is captured so well in this image. It's amazing how we, in our smallness, are doing so much that impacts the planet--negatively and positively--on such a large scale. Everyone should have a photo of themselves like this so they remember their significance/insignificance in all the grand scheme of things...

d.c. confidential said...

Oops. Sorry. Meant to post that comment as my photo alter-ego!

Debi said...

Lisa, I hope you have a fantastic year as well. I don't have any specific wishes for you except that you keep on doin' what you're doin'. I love your work.

D.C., I love the way you think. The idea of everyone carrying around a picture like that of themselves -- one that reminds them of their "real" place in the world, both as significant and insignificant -- is pretty though-provoking.