Partial Moments in March

April 2, 2012 § 3 Comments

The word for March’s photo theme was partial.

Seasonally, partial was a good theme to explore now as the weather shifts from winter blizzards to cold thunderstorms to 80 degree weather. It is a month of partial seasons, as evidenced by the first and last photos of the month.

In between I captured images of ice and mud, ice breaking up on the lake, and the new growth of plants.

But partial presented its own set of challenges as well as I considered what defined something as whole versus partial. How much of something can you show before it stops being partial? Is 99% still partial? Does partial mean “some of” or “something I tend toward,” of which I am partial to? And does partial refer more to the contents within the picture or to the concept the picture illustrates – is it showing half of the suitcase or the first steps of an adventure that makes it partial?

In some ways, every photo is partial, capturing just one moment in a larger story. The possibilities grew too broad and a bit overwhelming. But I completed the “partial” theme and still came out with a few photos I wouldn’t have thought to take otherwise. Here are some of my favorites. I’ll let you name their partial qualities.

You can view the rest of the partial photos here, or take a look back at January’s and February’s photos.



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