Weekly Photo Challenge: A GOOD MATCH — things that complement each other.
AS I WALKED HOME that day I was looking for something to illustrate this weeks Weekly Photo Challenge about things that go together. Everywhere I looked, though, I found only the opposite or only things that seemed irrelavent.
Then, walking past a tree growing in a streetside garden I looked up —and there it was. A good match. A good match made up of things opposite each other. They were colours and they are opposite each other on the colour wheel photographers will be familiar with in their readings on colour theory. They are also called ‘complementary’ colours. Green and red.
So I stopped, reached into the canvas shoulder bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag that I carry my camera in, lifted out my little Sony A6300, switched it on and made a number of exposures.
Because vegetation figures in some of the photos I take for a number of projects I am well aware of the common photographers’ trick of having someone wearing something red in a photo that includes a lot of green vegetation, such as a forest or garden. The red seems to lift out of the inage, bringing attention to it as a focal point.
Some say the technique is a little cliched now. I haven’t made up my mind on that though I do know that it is common.
The fruit in the picture is that of the lillipilly tree, one of more than 50 species of the tree that occurs around Australia. That’s the Syzygium genre for the botanists here, and it forms the bulk of the species and is complemented by a few species of Acmena genus. Family Myterceae.
It is late summer here and as we move into Autumn we can expect to see other species of lillipilly come into fruit.
The tree is found in bushland growing in moist gullies, sometimes in rainforest ecosystems. The good thing about the fruit — they are around one centimetre in length, though other species grow larger fruit than the one in the photo — is that they are edible. You can pick and eat them raw to enjoy their distinctive, strong flavour, and the culinarily gifted can turn them into sauces and the like. Lilipilly fruit is believed to have been eaten by Australian Aborigines in times past and probably still is where those people follow the traditional way of life.
I guess the photo shows that in looking for things that complement each other we can look not only for things but for properties – the properties those things have. Like colour.
Red and green and edible as well. Not a bad combination of things that complement each other at all. A good match, I think.