Lisa Cirincione  

Arboretum Abstract by Lisa Cirincione

January 2020 - Arboretum Abstract

About the Image(s)

This is an iPhone photo, although I did have my Sony camera with me walking around the Arboretum in State College in October. I only took one version of this composition, and I didn’t do any editing to the image.

I entered this into a show at our local Art Alliance and they had a local school look at the art before the show, and write some poetry associated with each one. They wrote 2 haiku and 1 free verse. It was very cool to hear such great insight about my art from such young minds.

Many of us have been to the Arboretum. The first thing we see is a beautiful fountain and trees planted in a rectangular formation. The more we explore the Arboretum, the more beautiful it appears. A place that is special for children. A place just for peace. I imagine one could study there in warmer weather.
I honestly did not think that the Arboretum could get any better, but this photograph proved me wrong. In Arboretum Abstract, the balance between nature and man-made is unbelievable. Sometimes, it is easy to forget the beauty of things. This photograph pulls our attention and completely reminds us of the beauty in the balance between people and nature.
The perfect blue sky and the trees swaying in the wind. Perfect pumpkins that do not need to be carved stand out. In this photograph, I see a piece of all the seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Look closely. The floating ovals and circles tell me that not everything is perfect, and yet, each imperfection makes everything better. It is shocking to study a piece of art and discover how it can teach me something. A piece of art can make us feel something. It’s amazing how art can affect us without using any words!
”Lisa Wang, age 12

lily pads

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
Lisa, reflections with a clear sky are always nice. The added elements here improve considerable the image, but what really surprises me the most is how eloquent a 12 year's old can be. I sometimes bring back this quote I read somewhere: "Never underestimate the complexity of simplicity"   Posted: 01/03/2020 08:28:21
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Hi Isaac, thanks for your comment! Yes, the eloquence of the young girls words really amazed me, she really touched my heart by seeing something in my photo that even I didn't realize could be there.   Posted: 01/20/2020 11:12:09

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
This is a mind twister. It took me a while to figure out what I was seeing and how the parts relate to each other.
Abstract is the key word. Trees and floating lily pods.
Who would have thought. Putting all that together speaks volumes of your art, photography and technical skills.
I would clone out the pile of stacked bottles on the lower right of the photo. It distracts a little.
What is the dark circle in the middle right of photo?   Posted: 01/17/2020 14:24:43
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
It is a mind-twister, Randolph. Even I get confused on how I took this shot lol. The dark circle, which of course half is reflection, is the sprinkler head. I'll have to go back when it's on and see how it looks. And I don't believe those are stacked bottles on the lower right, just reflections of leaves on the bushes closer to the water.

I could post a different shot of the entire scene, but that might ruin the illusion, lol.   Posted: 01/20/2020 11:22:39

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
What a cool event to pair photography with student poetry writing! The lily pads that seem to float in the sky did cause me to look more closely. It's an interesting combination, especially paired with the pumpkins stacked below. I find the dark circle in the middle right to be distracting, since I'm not sure what it is.   Posted: 01/18/2020 15:16:57
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Thanks Ruth, the student poetry is great. Really give me a feeling of accomplishment that others saw in this composition something interesting too. The dark circle gets a lot of comments. It is half out and half reflection. It is the sprinkler head and I don't think I could edit it out if I wanted too. The pumpkins are reflections too.   Posted: 01/20/2020 11:27:25

Lisa this is such a cool shot. I didn't know what I was seeing at first. It's almost abstract. The reflection is obviously the dominant aspect of the image. The trees create balance and symmetry and a great visual background to create the suspended appearance of the lily pads. Incorporating the pumpkins brings reality into the frame by adding an incongruent element.   Posted: 01/29/2020 20:17:09

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
It's a beautiful image! I love your abstract image and I also love your story telling. Your image is intriguing, and it makes the viewers studying more about it. I am curious to know about the round, black spot near the center of the image.
In my personal opinion, I'd prefer to crop tighter at the bottom of the image to eliminate the pumpkins because they interrupted the viewers' imagination by bringing them back to the reality.   Posted: 01/30/2020 23:04:01