|Between the Seasons|
copyright 2012 Rose Welty
I recently took this photo on a walk around my neighborhood. I loved how the pine cone was reflecting the color of the fallen leaves below - and how that matched the leaves in the distance. Then those entrancing lines of pine needles called to me.
Originally, I thought perhaps that I would draw this, emphasizing the repeated colors and calligraphy of the pine needles. But as I look at it now, I think I would lose something in the translation to pencil.
It is rare for me to think that a photo is better than a drawing. In this case though, I think it might be. It could just be that I am butting up against a weak skill area and that if I worked on it, I would feel differently. But I'm not entirely sure of that. So, for now I'll mark it down as a phenomenon to watch out for and see if I come across it again.
What do you think? When is a photo better than a drawing?