Natural Collage Photography
by: Caprice Marquette

Natural Collage Photography is nature pictures of landscapes rich in diversity of colors, shapes and textures presenting a sense of flow and motion that ever diverts the attention of the observer throughout the majority of the image. Dead or bare limbs, vines and patterns of leaves of various relational proximity are the earmarks that exemplify this body of work. Editing is restricted to contrast exaggeration and color saturation to emphasize the color scheme conflict for dominance. The picture is less about what it "is" and more what it makes one think about when it is observed. The pictures are usually so congested with activity the brain has a difficult time tracking all the happenings at once. Many of the identifiable patterns are interrupted through a series of layers causing the brain to make assumptions about the remainder of these patterns blocked from view. A process the artist calls "mental compensation of interrupted patterns." It is like a cross between a psychologist's ink blot and a multidimensional poster. It is not necessarily a picture of anything when looking directly at it, but the thoughts and associations it brings to mind, especially when utilizing the peripheral field of vision, looking through the foreground of the image, is intriguing and profound.

To unlock and amplify these effects the artist recommends focusing on small portions of the image, noticing color schemes that compliment or conflict with each other, drifting your eyes to follow a sense of flow in the picture presented by objects or color schemes, attempting to determine foreground vs. background in heavily congested and layered areas. Also tilting your head slightly changes perspective and the brain is quickly trying to reinterpret your relation to what is being seen, making this motion constant even in a gentle pace keeps the brain actively reassessing surroundings. Music also is the audible equivalent to these visual concepts and compliments their effects nicely; hearing patterns which have no predefined meaning in arrangements makes the problem solving mind busy with studying these patterns in attempt to appropriately classify the information. Idealy, a combination of any or all of these should enlighten one's intrigue making these images hard to ignore and these concepts easier to find throughout life's experiences.