Common Ground


Pipes & Roots - Common Ground Series

This is one of a series of images that I’ve been playing around with for awhile… Juxtaposing photos of organic and non-organic subject matter. In this case, there’s an interesting thematic similarity in that both the metal pipes and the exposed tree roots are used to convey water. But, in general, I’ve simply been playing with analogous patterns, lines, color or light.

Any thoughts or insights on this concept? I’m quite certain it’s not an original one… Just wondering if it works effectively here?

Harsi / July 11, 2011 / not nature, photography, plants


  1. Ben - July 12, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Wow, nice! You’re tapping into something really interesting with this concept. Exploring the relationships (both functionally and aesthetically) between those two worlds is a great idea. There are so many design concepts derived from nature, especially in the areas of sustainability innovation. I really like the shot above, and at first glance I actually didn’t even notice how they were different. The two frames flow into each other in a way that is very organic, despite the contrast in subject. It might be fun to create more diptychs of this nature that blend so seamlessly that, until closer inspection, it leaves the viewer unaware of the contrast in subjects. Very cool! B

  2. Harsi - July 12, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Ben! Thanks so much for taking the time to give me your input on this concept — I really appreciate it! I’m very pleased that you think the two images blend fairly seamlessly together. I’m not sure if I will be as successful at accomplishing this effect with future installments in this series as the other pairs of images are not quite so akin. In this case, the two shots really do share “common ground”. And by that, I mean the earth itself! Both photos are from here in the canyon in the summer months, so the tonality and texture of the dirt is the same. Looking forward to sharing some of the others with you soon!


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