Y. Hope Osborn

2 Monovisions Honorable Mentions for Series in Mushrooms and a Glass Chapel

2 Monovisions Honorable Mentions for Series in Mushrooms and a Glass Chapel

Architectural Seies

My architectural series Glass Chapel: Light and Lace won Honorable Mention in this prestigious once a year competition for the best black and white photos. This one really makes me happy. Even Honorable Mention is an honor.

The Anthony Chapel is one of several glass chapels built across Arkansas, United States. A lacework of blonde wood lightly frames and furnishes towering solid panes of glass. Shaded by trees and solid, save central skylight, the roof the chapel is not the hot greenhouse one might expect. 

Nearby the Carillion bell tower chimes the hour and perhaps the weddings frequently held in this idyllic place.

With broad daylight shining through sparse tree spring leaves, it is a challenge to capture the tones, textures, and shapes of light and lace created here in black and white. A lot of detailed photo editing, with variances per capture, went into each angle to reach similar ambience in light and lace of the Anthony Chapel architecture.

Nature and Wildlife Series Award

My series Shelfies: Turkey Tails won Honorable Mention in Nature and Wildlife in this prestigious once a year competition for the best black and white photos. This makes me really happy. Even Honorable Mention is an honor. 

As a photographer I become more and more fascinated with the wild variety of mushrooms which are the wildflowers of the woods or the mushrooms in our midst. In fact, this series of Turkey Tails shows such variety in shadings and rings, the monochrome versions shown here are individual in their appearance. In fact, just as the tree’s rings within its wood shows the age of the tree, so the rings of this particular shelf mushroom show age. You want them on your deadwood to break down the debris of the woods, and, more recently, Turkey Tails or shelf mushrooms are helping treat patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. They are quite common as a variety, but within that variety the shadings and how they array themselves, as shown in these images, for a stylish appearance are very individualistic.

 
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