Two Ways

Dusk’s glow in post production.


That’s life. There’s always choices. Move forward. Lag behind. Stay in one place.

How much is too far? Not enough? Just right?

Sort of like the heat in porridge.

I play with my pictures all the time. I move in one direction. I change my mind. I go back. I go beyond back. Funny thing about this image. I originally wanted something sort of flat and blue-gray. Somehow, I worked my way toward the top image. Then, I worked backwards. Along came the bottom image.

I’d ask you which picture you prefer, but everybody wants to play nice. You’ll say something like both of them for different reasons. Okay.


Instead, if you decide to answer, I want to know how each picture makes you feel. What comes up for you when you look at them apart and together?

Flat and blue. Another view.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

14 thoughts on “Two Ways

  1. OK, it’s not “playing nice,” I actually usually do like both, “for different reasons”. 🙂
    But this time, there’s a clear winner. I like the one with color. I feel connected to the dusk and a sense of possibility. The second one makes me feel a little bleak and contemplative about icky things going on in the world.

    How’s that?

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  2. The “realist” in me, likes photo #1. It seems to have more emotion and simplicity. Photo #2 seems to lose itself in the blue and becomes more abstract. The detail is gone and you are left with just color and lines. Not that it is bad, I can see how it might be appealing on a wall at someone’s house or a gallery. I like abstractions, but since I see the actual subject in photo 1, I am now biased when I see photo 2.

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  3. I had to laugh at your remark about “playing nice” and I’m sure to some extent that’s true. But my tastes are so eclectic that more often than not I really do positively respond, and very easily, to many artful expressions. I do the same with book reviews. My friends exhort me for always giving the book I “just read” five stars. That’s me, I guess! But I love color more than dark exposures, so the first photo feels exciting and intense. There’s still a little sense of foreboding, I think because it reminds me of wildfire. The second photo is much softer in tone and not as “electric” to me, and is peaceful. It reminds me of a Turner painting.

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    1. Oh, I call it Facebook blandness. I get confused by the posting of good friends in real life. Wildfire? I’m sure that has to be on your mind. The second image is actually closer to the original, which was really white puffy clouds, but lying low on the horizon.


      1. Maybe confusing is the wrong word. I don’t find the image itself confusing-but that the feeling of confusion is communicated through the image, maybe a better word would be ‘unsettled’ or ‘restless’.

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