When I first read the project description, I was wondering something cool, something magical, something surprising, and I did so for the first 24 shootings. However, after the heavy snow that lasts several days, I happened walking around the campus and noticed the vermeil seeds hanging on a bare, grey tree, which was conspicuous in the snow white world. The bright vermeil color immediately stood out among the snow, and the world seemed becoming alive at that moment. So I stopped, right in front of the tree, with a cup of tea holding in my hand. Immediately, I changed my mind. I gave up my primary idea of creating the reflection scene, and I created the new series.
I intended to leave a feeling of alive, vivid, and fresh from my photos, and the idea of putting the seeds into water just help reveal those feelings. For all of the three photos, I chose snow as background to show the quietness, colorless, and warmless atmosphere after snow. It is the vermeil color that makes the whole picture alive. Even in the silent atmosphere after snow, there is still something bright new, fresh, and shiny.
That is life.
From the first photo to the forth one, I recorded the process of sinking, creating the feeling of movement. The first photo was taken when the seeds were close to the water surface; the second one was taken when the seeds were floating in the middle of water level; and the last one was taken when the seeds were reaching the bottom of the water bottle.
During this process, I utilized the design element of highlighting on forms by posting light and shadows on photos. And I adjust the mode to sports so that I can capture the movement of seeds, into different directions, in different positions, and with water drops or bubbles around.
Among the three photos, I like the second one most. The water drop in the middle of the photo is so real that I took it as real water drop on my screen when I first saw it. It seems the water drop is going to stick out of the frame, which adds more sense of vivid and creative to the whole picture.
The last one was taken at a different time and location. The water was clear, the sunshine was reflected, and the bubbles were plenty.
The photo is making itself move. I can even feel the seeds are sinking, without explaining.
To embrace these moments, I turned the camera to the sports mode which allows fast shutter speed so that the moment would be well frozen.