The trend of excellent posts continues, with this effort at linguistic education, from Jenny Downing. And to think she repeatedly claims not to know what she is doing…


While there are only a few elements to this image – if we assume that each blade of grass does not count as an individual element – the whole is fabulously complex in its composition, layers of intrigue. There is form – a roof, possibly – that, out of focus, provides a starting point for splitting the image into a diptych of dark and light along the diagonal. This provides a sense of direction along that diagonal, an echo/continuation of the one created by the foreground (but to that later). The simplicity of the distance makes the setting abstract, which works also to push attention to the foreground, the opposite corner, where the details are sharp.

In the middle distance, we have the specular highlights of a the out-of-focus dew drops, drawing us gradually, right to left, from the abstract to the focused: to the dominant subject that reaches up along that diagonal: the one blade of grass in sharp focus, its tip clad in a droplet of liquid that reaches the slightest fraction across the centre of the image.

Truly mesmerising – only a foggy mind would find it otherwise.

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