My husband and I share many hobbies. One is “the hobby of all hobbies”, it is almost the precondition for any other hobby: taking photos. No matter if you are collecting blue and white china, if you are admiring architecture or if you are a bird watcher. To share your hobby with others you also share photos. Think of the social media where people can pin photos of anything they are interested in. Never before it was easier taking photos as you really need not have an expensive camera. Even the mobiles´ cameras became so good in the last years and you always have them with you.
The first photo of the beautiful old rowan tree was taken by my husband (who studied forestry). It is very artistic and a good example of how and where from one can take a photo. In art and in history of art this view is called “sotto in su” – “from the bottom up”. It always gives the idea of space, sometimes even endless space, think of baroque illusionistic painting on the ceilings of castles and churches.
If photo number one was taken for art´s sake, number two is the view of the bird and insect watcher. My husband loves the microcosm and its million tiny inhabitants. For many people an insect is too small, even unremarkable, my husband loves them all and captures portraits of the mini animals in their best moments. This photo is one of my favorites, not only because I love butterflies but also for the beautiful colours.
As I was always interested in art and in architecture I love to take photos of sculptures and of buildings. The face on the photo number one, or photo number three from the list, shows a special ornament in architecture, it is called mascaron. Usual it is a human face, sometimes frightening, sometimes grotesque and making faces. Mine seems to be a quiet and peaceful one (it is in the court of St Lambrecht Abbey, Styria).
Photo number four may not be one of my best photos. But it is worth to show it as I took it with my mobile. And you really can see hundreds of details in it. Some readers will know that I love baroque very much – in this church you really get a lot of it. One of our friends calls the impression so heavy that it “almost strikes you dead when entering the church”. My husband and I survived 😉 and admired the architecture, which is part of the Schlierbach Abbey in Upper Austria.
To cut the long story short: never stop looking around. If you find something interesting and worth to share with friends – take a photo. So you will always remember it.
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