A recent interview and showcase of my works on Lenspeople.com. Check it out: Spellbinding Nature Close-up / Macro Photography of Alex Greenshpun)
This delicately curled flower reminded me of the one Thumbelina came from. Although the fairytale talks about a tulip, there was something so pure and magical about this bud; it felt like the perfect title for this image.
"This is such a pretty flower," said the woman. She kissed its lovely red and yellow petals, and just as she kissed it the flower gave a loud pop! and flew open. It was a tulip, right enough, but on the green cushion in the middle of it sat a tiny girl. She was dainty and fair to see, but she was no taller than your thumb. So she was called Thumbelina.
~From ‘Tommelise’ (Thumbelina) by Hans Christian Andersen
'Lurking in the Shadows'
I love to observe cats at their most focused moments. When they hunt, for example; or when they watch you (a stranger) with some hesitation, deciding whether to trust you or not. Their focus is so completely one-pointed, perfectly sharp and constant. It always appears like they see right through you with those eyes…
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"Have you ever noticed that when you truly appreciate something or someone, it’s almost as if the space between you disappears for a short while? In a way, you become one with it, simply by being present. If you see something amazingly beautiful, like a new type of flower or animal, for a moment there’s just this sheer awe;but then someone tells you its name, and from that moment on whenever you look at it again the name immediately pops into your mind. So, when I photograph, I go back to that state of not-knowing, just pure childlike awe.
This silent connection with the subject is the most important ingredient I’m looking for in every image. It may be a withered leaf, a flower, a human-being or a pet, but this fundamental ingredient must always be there. Ideally, I try to interpret this connection into my images and transfer that to the viewers.”
Friends, you’re welcome to look at some of my recent nature-related works in this link.
Hope you enjoy the collection, and if you do, kindly vote with the “Appreciation” button at the bottom, so that more people will see it.
More works can be seen in the various galleries on my site and FB page:
Why I Wake Early
Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety—
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light—
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.