“Every part of the photographic image carries some information that contributes to its total statement; the viewer’s responsibility is to see, in the most literal way, everything that is there and respond to it. To put it another way, the statement the image makes – not just what it show you, but the mood, moral evaluation and casual connections it suggest – is built up from those details. A proper ‘reading’ of a photograph sees and responds to them consciously.” – Howard S. Becker – Afterimage
For me, the deep colors, shadows and textures conveyed emotional passion within this image. The dying bloom fallen to the forest floor could easily represent a love lost, a love remembered, or perhaps a parent, child, spouse or friend fallen in battle or an everyday tragedy. The blooms lingering deep rich reddish color says strength, valor and honor while the fading light speaks of only moments left before the beauty ends. That’s my “reading” of this image…what’s yours?