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As I Watch’d the Ploughman Ploughing

As I watch’d the ploughman ploughing,
Or the sower sowing in the fields—or the harvester harvesting,
I saw there too, O life and death, your analogies:
(Life, life is the tillage, and Death is the harvest according.)

Walt Whitman

Jean-louis Thiaudiere, buonacoppi, tiabunna, Jörg and 11 other people have particularly liked this photo

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 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
well done !!!!
8 weeks ago.
Old Owl club has replied to aNNa schramm club
Thank you, aNNa, for your various invitations.
8 weeks ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, excellent ************************
8 weeks ago.
 E. Adam Galehr
E. Adam Galehr club
8 weeks ago.
raingirl club
really nice graphic photo. as i scrolled to write this comment, i discovered that i also like it with the top cropped down quite a bit - it made me notice different things and put my focus on the field lines more.
8 weeks ago.
Old Owl club has replied to raingirl club
Thanks, Laura. I ummed and ahhed about this. The original has even more white space and it seemed overwhelming, so I cut and cropped. However I like the white; to me it seems to give a more open aspect, like a wide-open sky. I do understand your point of view, though, and probably on another day (or with more musing before I posted) I would have reduced the white further. Thanks for your visit and your comment which is, as always, perceptive and measured.
7 weeks ago.
Annalia S. club has replied to Old Owl club
Sorry for butting in but your discussion intrigued me. Looking at the image large on black, I find that the near equivalence of the dark and light spaces concentrates the attention on the trees, which look like someone took a plane to their tops (what trees are they, Old Owl?). So, for me the negative space works quite well as is in leading the eye to the most distinctive feature of this landscape. I can see Laura's point of view, in that less sky would bring a share of the attention on the wavy furrow lines, which are interesting in their own right, but for me that takes away a bit from the "surprising" behaviour of the trees and overall balance of the image.
3 weeks ago. Edited 3 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Phenomenal shot! Stay well!

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8 weeks ago.
 Frank J Casella
Frank J Casella
Great photograph fro a black and white, and use of negative space.
7 weeks ago.
tiabunna club
A very effective b/w image.
7 weeks ago.

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