Imitation in Photography

Imitation in Photography

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be more forgiving, starting with myself. Here is my first opportunity. Each week, Lost in Translation creates a photography challenge based on a theme. I thought this week’s theme was Imitation but apparently that was a theme from September! Since I went to all the work of putting this post together (and sort of like it, if I say so myself), I decided to post it, even if I can’t link it back to the original. BTW, if you are interested in this weeks challenge (which ends tomorrow) visit Thursday’s Special photography challenge.

Imitation – A thing intended to simulate or copy something else

In deference to the old saying, imitation is not just flattery. Imitation takes many forms, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear (or don’t wear). Imitation is found in art, movies, even nature.  Isn’t it ironic that the medium of this challenge is the photograph, which is nothing more than an imitation of the real subject?

Below are my contributions to the photo theme ‘Imitation’

To imitate is to pretend. In the photo below, a beautiful woman poses for photographs wearing tight jeans and a vest. But she is only pretending to wear clothes; in reality she is wearing nothing but body art. Photo taken at the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, South Dakota 


Film often imitates life and life imitates film. The photo below of King Kong climbing a skyscraper was taken in Branson Missouri. Here, a replica of King Kong imitates the movie King Kong, which is an imitation of …not sure I really want to find out

King Kong climbing skyscraper Branson Missouri

Nature is the great imitator (sorry Charlie Chaplin) and uses camouflage to blend into with their surroundings. In this photo, a small insect mimics the green leaves of a plant, barely seen unless you look closely


Is this a woman imitating a fish, or a fish imitating a woman?  Taken at Mermaid’s Gardens in Skagway, Alaska


Finally, imitation finds its way into our life through art as few of us can afford originals. my last photo is a replica of Van Gogh’s 3 Sunflowers in a Vase. This massive painting can be found in Goodland Kansas and was part of the Big Easel project 


I hope you enjoyed by interpretation of ‘Imitation’. Feel free to let me know what you think.

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