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Gallery: it’s all in the details

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

With travel photography impossible right now, I challenged myself recently to see how many interesting details I could photograph within a mile of my own front door. I followed a path I have taken almost daily over the last year or so, and very many times before that. It took me along a couple of suburban streets, past the tennis courts and into our favourite local park, Walpole.

This is what I found along the way …

Red flowers against a dark background
A geranium growing in our own front garden
White paint flaking off red background
Peeling paint on a neighbour’s garage door
White handle on green gate

And another neighbour’s garden gate
Plastic covered wire knots on metal
A car stitched together with plastic-coated wires – yes, really!
Metallic letter B with wings
An elegant Bentley
Reddish brown glossy leaf
Beautiful leaves on one of our many street trees
Seeds of a dandelion in close-up
A dandelion clock
Sticker saying 'Speak your mind'
And a sticker on a sign near the tennis courts

I’m sharing these local details for Patti’s Lens-Artists challenge theme. It’s always rewarding to use your camera to try to see anew the things you see every day; and Focusing on the Details is a great way to do just that!

All photos taken in Ealing, April 2021


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