(Photo challenge) One Mundane day last May

Entering an old photo for Mundane Monday Photo Challenge #154 with KO. (You might have seen the same image at low resolution as a screenshot of my photo in my A to Z Challenge response post for the letter E yesterday to accompany my text there).

a dandelion flower to the left of centre in the image, it's bright yellow bloom against the blurry background of wild greenery, it's bright yellow alike the sunshine.

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Az Expressions of Endearment

April 2018's A to Z Challenge badge for the letter E;; click the image to go the website at A to Z challenge dot com

Still Life with a Twist ~E~

a bright yellow dandelion floor in full bloom  against the blurry background of wild greenery in the garden during May 2017

Still Life in the ENVIRONMENT

(Full quality photo for the image in this screenshot in next post for MMPC challenge entry)

I was wondering on placing objects to draw against or around previously made artefacts (i.e. a painting or drawing or needleworking fabric). That would make for ‘Expressions of Endearment’ if I chose those items of sentimental personal value as background or setting along with other objects of personal significance, whatever they might be at the time.

EXPLORING my photo folders and finding the image used above (from a photo taken in May 2017)  I then considered placing objects out in the garden among similar EXAMPLES of wild flower and perhaps making Still Life studies of those. Similarly a print of  a photo background could be used but the EXTERNAL option would probably be a better EXPERIENCE to endeavour with. (It’s not good dandelion time until hopefully Spring arrives in May, although Spring flowering also occurred during Autumn last year.)

I was perusing my (inadequate) Dictionary of Art and Artists and wondering why I’d circled the artist ERNST Barlach all those years ago while at college … and pondered on knowing I like Max ERNST’s works usually I think – and of course Baroness ELSA… I must learn more about her contemporary art and poetry having discovered the Duchamp connection / displacement around that ever infamous Urinal… although controversial I might ELUCIDATE another day. EXCUSING myself again at this point. Happy ENDING here, until tomorrow’s EARLY AtoZ post. [250]

Mundane Monday’s Photo in lieu…

blue early…

Following intense weekend blogging efforts during every spare ‘resting’ moment during this past weekend, I’d arrived at my laptop and blog meaning to take part in the Mundane Monday Photo Challenge. Some distractions later and arriving at KO’s I didn’t see a challenge post there yet for this week. Never mind. There were some really nice photos there including one called ‘blue early’ and another called ‘green arch’ and I wondered on borrowing those phrases for a prompt while my Monday ran into Tuesday. Now I’ve finished my draft and ready to hit publish and grab supper and a cuppa I’ve been kindly notified that the challenge post is up. So I look forward to getting to that as soon as. You can find it at https://drkottaway.com/

I snapped a skywatching photo during the earliest part of my day on Monday 26th that happened to be afternoon (snapped from my upstairs loo open window while unable to get dressed and get down & out enough to do skywatch snapping better). I thought I’d post this photo in case there’s not a challenge prompt this week.

Then I realised there’s a big difference in our time zones and there’s still ten hours of the host’s Monday whence the challenge prompt might yet appear – only I’d then have to post while Tuesday here.  Chances are anyway that I’d need to delve into photos I’ve taken in the past if unable to think up a way of snapping a new pic to meet the prompt on the day. Never mind springs to mind again…

Here’s a Monday’s mundane sky in the meantime…

a mundane photo taken after noon on a day in early Spring, 26th March 2018. The photo shows a line of treetops against a light blue sky with billowing clouds in the distance and a low grey cloud to the right of the picture beneath which, in the lower right corner, a section of two rooftop chimneys appear in silhouette behind a nearby tree and it's still bare branches
Photo taken at approx 12:30 pm GMT / 13;30 BST

I’ve not been remembering often enough to add alt text to my photos. A few years ago now I attended a half-day workshop at our local city art gallery for training in describing for the visually impaired. I wonder if my descriptions of photos are adequate for visitors who might rely on screen reader photographic description so I’ll be looking out for some guidance and appreciate any tips or pointers.

My alt text for this photo says: a mundane photo taken after noon on a day in early Spring, 26th March 2018. The photo shows a line of treetops against a light blue sky with billowing clouds in the distance and a low grey cloud to the right of the picture beneath which, in the lower right corner, a section of two rooftop chimneys appear in silhouette behind a nearby tree and it’s still bare branches.

I wonder if that’s an adequate description, or if it’s too much?

I could have described my photo as ‘blue sky, clouds and tree tops’. When I’m exhausted sometimes that might be as good as it gets and maybe better for an alt text. Maybe describing my photo as if an art object isn’t best practise.

I’ll have to learn more about these things. And I know the date the photo was taken might not seem like relevant detail. But what if a person with visual impairments pauses the screen reader and explores the page and so missed the detail in the body of the post. Do such things really matter while it’s so highly unlikely that visually impaired visitors might ever arrive here?

Not until we’re all in our seventies or thereabouts will 70% or more of us be visually impaired. Will we still be bothering with internet technologies by then? I’ve a feeling if I’m around and capable enough I might be, at least to a small extent, providing such a thing still exists. If I can’t see so well by then, maybe I’ll be the only person in the world to ever be thinking thank goodness for my alt text description, I remember that photo so clearly now. Maybe that’s the approach I’ll take, just in case… Even if it’s selfish of me.