The Magical Pond

© Leonne Cleland
© Leonne Cleland
© Leonne Cleland
© Leonne Cleland
© Leonne Cleland
© Leonne Cleland
© Leonne Cleland
© Leonne Cleland
© Leonne Cleland
© Leonne Cleland

Lee Cleland participated in my last round of the online workshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice». In the second part of the workshop, the participants work on a personal project for the remainder of the course. Lee chose to shoot a project close to home. She called it the Dam-project, and that is exactly what it is. Lee photographed a little pond or dam on her property, and wanted to capture images of the dam at all times of the day and in all weathers with an emphasis on the details and moods she saw there.

The pictures in this post are a little edit of Lee’s project. What really impressed me was her willingness to try out new approaches each week and how she was able to come up with different images of the pond through the last part of workshop. Lee created a coherent and beautiful body of work of the dam. She captured lovely overviews for the viewer to get a sense of the special pond and then focused on enchanting details. Some where small snippets of moments when for instance a dragonfly had settled on a leaf on the pond, some where much more impressionistic, using different techniques such as long exposure time or flash. The project came delightfully together as can be seen by this edit here. Lee was able to capture the magical feeling that radiates from the pond, she brought her own vision into the equation and produces a tantalizing photo essay about this little pond she has on her property. Her project is an example that it is not necessary to travel far and long to be able to create wonderful work. You can see more of Lee’s photos on her blog Beyond Purgatory.

Next week I will be starting another around of «Finding Your Photographic Voice». There is still space if you feel like developing your photographic vision. However, hurry up, then, so you are ready for the first lesson I will send out on Monday. You find more information about the online workshop here.

50 thoughts on “The Magical Pond

  1. A clever development of a story. At first I thought – nice pond …but then the other photos draw you in and let you see a far more multi layered and interesting place.

  2. Lee did a beautiful job. She started out simply enough with the pond and then just exploded with the last two photos. Great work, Lee. Great teaching, Otto!

  3. I love seeing images of Lee’s part of the world–she shares 12 images every month on my Take 12! challenge and over time I have gotten a real sense of place from her work. This is a wonderful series that captures for me the magic and wonder of her environment-

  4. Thank you Otto, firstly for the inspiring course, and then for this sharing of a small sampling of the images from my Dam Project. The course made me look more than superficially at my chosen subject and made me realise that if we care enough there are images we can make anywhere that can both surprise and delight us.
    Thank you everyone for your encouraging and thoughtful comments, I really appreciate them.

  5. incantata da queste immagini che rappresentano un piccolo grande mondo, questa nostra terra meravigliosa che ovunque ci fa trovare grandi sorprese
    grazie che mi hai dato la possibilità di conoscere il tuo blog
    felice notte Annalisa

    enchanted by these images that represent a great little world, our beautiful Earth that wherever we find big surprises thank you gave me the opportunity to know your blog

  6. I love this photo essay. Water always touches something deep inside my soul. I love the many moods she has captured here. It does indeed seem a magical pond. I’m off now to check out her blog!

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