Harry M. Stuart  

Bizzare by Harry M. Stuart

June 2020 - Bizzare

June 2020 - Harry M. Stuart


About the Image(s)

Have you ever wondered that, if your toilet ever had a small, long term leak at its base and the toilet was situated next to an outside wall, what the floor underneath the bathroom tile would look like? Well, before last week, I didn't either. Whereas I did not intentionally cause the leak to get this image, when the tile was lifted it was surprising to see the roots of an aggressive overgrown cactus tree directly outside in the garden intrude into my space. Rather than immediately panic about the costs that would evolve from this mess, I saw opportunity to show what nature was capable of. I also found that in that tight space my Pixel 4XL cell phone gave better results than my Canon. Slight post processing adjustments which included cropping and darkening of the remaining tile adhesive on the top left. So, here is the root spread - and you have been educated.

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7 comments posted

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
An interesting image and I am always amazed at the places some photographers find to get unique images. Well done.
However, when I first saw it I thought it was a centipede. These are not my favorite creatures. As the location was the base of your toilet, my thoughts then went to that old Australian trivia song "Redback on the Toilet Seat."   Posted: 06/03/2020 18:55:02

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Before I read your full explanation, I thought it was some kind of a huge scary millipede. I believe you caught something very different and creatively showed the intrusion. The monochrome editing and crop really leads me into the image with the curves of the roots. I hope it wasn't too costly! Oh no, I just read Martin's thoughts of it being a centipede. We both have weird minds!   Posted: 06/05/2020 15:44:19
Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Costly? Of course it was. But was it worth the image, I ask myself.   Posted: 06/05/2020 15:48:01

Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
We're about to remodel our bathroom and now I'm a wee bit more nervous about what under the tile and linoleum than I was 10 minutes ago.

I did not think it was a centipede when I saw it, just want to point that out. ;-) It looked to me like the roots of a plant...a cactus, huh? Proof that nature wants to reclaim its space?   Posted: 06/12/2020 07:03:41

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
I think there is good flow from lower left to upper right with the triple shade of brown. I wonder if you had considered black and white possibly with a preset as a change from the "brown monochrome".
I would also consider flipping 90 degrees to show upward growth in the image?   Posted: 06/12/2020 09:37:39
Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Both good points! Thanks.   Posted: 06/12/2020 10:16:51

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
I like your picture.It is interesting.You made me surprised.I learn your way to have a good picture next time ...   Posted: 06/18/2020 16:40:26