Strong, solid, brilliant, inflexible and reflective are all words used to describe metal as an element. Its mood is melancholic and serious. Metal is also a conductor and can represent bright ideas and communication. In nature, metal is associated with white, grey, silver and gold.
Although green in the daylight, the leaves on the trees at left shimmer silver in the moonlight. Their eerie look was made even more so by the presence of bats flying above me as I took photos along the Salt Marsh Trail in the minutes before dawn.
The metal images from our scavenger hunt reflect the greatest diversity of interpretations of an element yet. Despite metal’s quality of rigidity, two animals, a frog and donkey, and a human scalp were featured as subjects in our set.
An iron buoy, wrought metal, bone and flowers add to the mix. These images left me with such questions as… Which is more important, shape or color, in helping us determine what something is? At what point does yellow become gold or grey become silver? What role does white play in revealing a subject’s reflective quality?
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; a villain like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards.
~ John Locke
This montage is the last of our five elements. Tomorrow, I’ll offer a summary of our scavenger hunt.
Images in the montage were taken from submissions to a Midsummer’s Scavenger Hunt.