A Subtle Look at the World

© Sidsel Skotland
© Sidsel Skotland
© Sidsel Skotland
© Sidsel Skotland
© Sidsel Skotland
© Sidsel Skotland
© Sidsel Skotland
© Sidsel Skotland
© Sidsel Skotland
© Sidsel Skotland

Sidsel Skotland is the next participants from the photo workshop in Villajoyosa, Spain I want to present the work of on this blog. She has a very sensitive point of view which is saliently displayed in her images. Her photos are more reflective and subtle than bold and expressive. Sidsel captures the small moments in life; the moments which hold life itself, or the quiet vistas of the places where people live and thrive. She brings a wide perspective to her world and renders this perspective in a combination of pastel colours and glowing forms. Her compositions are often simple but there is depth in the images beyond their first appearances. In her world, as she renders it, there is tranquillity and a restrained serenity that makes her images speak to the compassion of the heart.

42 thoughts on “A Subtle Look at the World

  1. Her photos speak to me, in that little bit of the everyday. I love the last photo the best; it makes me wonder if the woman is calling out to someone ahead of her that we cannot see, or is she singing on such a beautiful day? The woman has character!

  2. The title for this post says it all – it is a subtle, gentle, private view of the world that no doubt reflects the personality of the photographer. I like the commentary Otto – it says what I feel.

  3. Sono veramente molto belle le sue foto, rispecchiano la realtà nella sua totalità, senza artifici di elaborazioni varie. Complimenti a Sidsel Skotland. Bellissima anche la tua presentazione.
    Un caro saluto, Patrizia

  4. I like these pictures very much. They’re simple and direct, nothing flashy, no spectacular color, no “amazing” shots, no “easy” subject matter (e.g. sunrises, reflections, or cute babies). But just the world.

    You set things up nicely, Otto, with that first shot. How ordinary. A mountain in the distance, a house in the foreground. But that house isn’t in the center, it’s to the right. And so we have a simple bi-fold composition. And there’s a wire on the far side of the house that cuts across that distant mountain, thus “connecting” house an mountainy. And there’s that wire fence running across the bottom quarter joining the house with the intermediate landscape. And so on.

    Subtle. Ordinary. There.

  5. I just love that last photo! I learned something by my response to it. I think I tend to balance the subject too literally, and in this compelling photo the woman is just entering the frame. There is just so much to this photo. The ‘small moments in life’ are what speak to me, too. I really enjoyed Sidsel’s interesting photos.

    1. This is a very subtle photo. If you think of it as an abstract composition, then the woman at the left is balanced by the plant at the right. And there’s nothing in the center of the photo, which we normally think of as the default focal point. It’s as though the photo centers on the relationships between the things in the photo.

  6. Wonderful shots, these photos are the shots that show the pieces of every day that makes life so rich and filling…very much enjoyed this series.

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