On the Bench

by Lee Santiva May. 18, 2020 180 views

Early morning on a small stream

Early morning on a small stream

Since I took early retirement about six months ago, I feel as if I'm living my life "on the bench" - that is, on the sidelines. The restrictions of life during Corona have contributed to that feeling.

My main intention with this series on "benches" is to convey a sense of mood or emotions: from sad and lonely to upbeat and positive. I'm curious if these images evoke feelings in you as well when you view them?

Early Spring on the Rhine River - taken with iphone - black & white

Early Spring on the Rhine River - taken with iphone - black & white

In #2 the mood is lonely and isolated and on the far right, just barely still in the frame, you can see a small figure walking away.

Early spring on Rhine River - taken with iphone - color

Early spring on Rhine River - taken with iphone - color

I prefer #3 even though it breaks the composition rule of being centered. It's the same bench and the same location, however the perspective of the massive tree in color gives the scene a completely different mood with a more uplifting feeling.

Early spring on Rhine River - taken with iphone - black & white

Early spring on Rhine River - taken with iphone - black & white

Since I thought the scene looked good in black & white as well, I'm sharing this version as well.

Finally, I close with a photo of the bench for the homeless which evoked the most emotion from me. I think it expresses compassion in the best way possible.

The photo of the bench for the homeless outside of a village church was taken before there were Corona stay-at-home rules and hygiene restrictions.

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Jay Boggess 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Very thoughtful series and nice camera work....

These unprecedented times, evoke many moods and thoughts, not felt or thought much before.....

Nice camera work.....

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jay, great to hear from you!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 6 months, 1 week ago

Always a treat to see what you post! 
Hope all's well with You & Yours!
Stay safe & healthy!

+1 grinning +1
    Salud!

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Benny Law 6 months, 2 weeks ago

#5 stands out to me because it somehow reminds me of a movie about a homeless man.

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Benny Law 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice to hear from you Benny and get your feedback. Every picture tells a story. I particularly enjoyed the movie Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith about raising a son while homeless

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 6 months, 2 weeks ago

#2 is the strongest fot me. A dramatic sky and a lonely bench. Wish I could go on retirement. Have to wait aboit 5y more.

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Peter! It is isolating to be retired during corona. Let‘s hope it is completely gone by the time you retire!

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Lee Santiva 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Lets hope this will be under control soon

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
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