Sunday, June 10, 2012

Cunningly conscious that I am aware

Today I was busy at home, in the garden, and with the children, going for a ride with them on bicycles. I took some photographs, but none were any good, so here are three more photographs from yesterday, one from my walk in the forests at Luukki, and two taken later when I went for a walk with my daughter.

By the way, the mosquito season is upon us, and it is an inconvenience when taking photographs. Of course the photographer gets bitten, and one gets used to it, but there is also the problem of catching unwanted mosquitoes in a photograph. At first I thought there was a drop of water or dirt on the lens, but then I realized that several photographs from yesterday were spoiled by the smudge of a mosquito flying in front of the lens.

(Posting title is from the poem The Mosquito by D. H. Lawrence.)


Markus said...

Both colors and composition of "Fallen" are convincing - a fine balance of masses and structures, but also of liveliness and vibrancy against static, decay-borne structures. Perfect.

Eric Jeschke said...

Boreal forest mosquitoes...yikes! Do you use any kind of repellant?

Juha Haataja said...

@Markus: Thanks! I have passed this spot often on my walks, and it is always new. This time of the year it is one of the most mosquito-ridden spots, sadly.

@Eric: Well, I have used repellant, but it doesn't help much except when it is cool and clouded. Otherwise the repellant avaporates really quickly.

The best repellant is just to get used to the bites - fortunately I don't have a big allergic reaction any more. As a little child I did have a reaction (it might have been another species up north where I lived) and it could happen that I almost couldn't open my eyes because of the swelling. I don't know why they like so much the skin around the eyes.