Tomato and Brenda’s A Photo Study: Sub-framing

Sub-framing is the subject of Brenda’s photo study this week. She explains it well. I have subscribed Ted Forbes’ YouTube Channel for a while and I had watched Ted’s video on sub-framing before (I think he has more than one on this subject). Still, I learned something new from reading Brenda’s post. Thank you, Brenda.

(On the lighter side, Maddie and Josh, Photograph Down Under, has a short video on sub-framing also. You can click here to see it.)

First, here are 3 photos I took at the farm.

Then, here is a photo of one tomato and three apples.

I don’t really know how the idea of this tomato photo came to me. My guess is that it has something to do with my recent discussion with a blogger on lessons learned in life.

There were times in the past that I had worked hard to be a part of a group. On the surface, people in the group did treat me as one of them, but later things happened and I found out I wasn’t one of them. I felt being rejected; I felt hurt and sad. I didn’t understand what went wrong.

I laugh at this matter now. They didn’t reject me; we were not the same kind of people, and that’s the fact. I am not talking about skin colors. I am talking about personalities, passions, attitudes toward life…

That’s my tomato story.

Thank you for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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10 Responses to Tomato and Brenda’s A Photo Study: Sub-framing

  1. loisajay says:

    When life gives you tomatoes, make tomato sauce. I’ll bring the pasta. It’ll be great! I like your tomato/apple analogy, Helen. It is sad and hurtful, but I like how you made your point. You could do an entire fruit/vegetable series on human feelings. That would be interesting.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Lois. Entire fruit/vegetable series on human feelings? Ha. That would require some thinking. I am surprised at how different I look at things now from before. It would be nice to share what I know now with younger people, so they don’t have to spend many years in misery 😉
      Good night.

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  2. Perpetua says:

    Oh those rotten apple! Tomato is a fruit just as much as them apples. There is a story in a picture always waiting to come out. Without your story, I could say the tomato is being fenced out, in short, bullied. Good day, Perpetua

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Perpetua. I am glad you read my tomato story. Ha. Actually, what carol said in her comment (below) was what I was going to say, but I didn’t want people take it in a wrong way, so I decided not to say it 😉
      I am still thinking about the article you posed the other day. One lesson I have learned is that I’d probably paid too much attention to other people (their happiness, for example) and too little for myself. I’ve changed that and I am happier ever since.
      Have a great day.


  3. carol1945 says:

    Oh my, I just love the tomato and apple metaphor. The way you placed the items, the way they are photographed, but then the words you expressed to go with them hit me at a deep level. For me, your photo conjures up the fact that I have never felt accepted in group settings; I always felt like a outsider. With age, I realize these feelings sometimes come from forces inside me rather than outside in them. On the other hand, sometimes it is simply real– a difference in personality, philosophic orientation, and passions.

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    • Helen C says:

      Dear Carol, do you believe that what you said here is exactly what I was going to say? At last minute, I decided not to include these words, because I didn’t want people take it in a wrong way. I didn’t want people think it was because they didn’t include me so I didn’t want them. That was not what I’ve learned. we were different, that’s all.
      Your comment made my day! I am so glad someone understood what I wanted to say.
      Have a wonderful day.

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  4. I absolutely get that tomato story! Good shot too Helen .. 🙂 Love the first one, anything with trees has to be good

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Julie. sometime I think we are more complicated than we think we are 😉
      I love trees, too. Every morning, I look out of the window to check our maple tree in the front and my neighbor’s willow tree in the back, and one other tree in our neighborhood. Throughout the day, whenever I have time, I will check on them again. They look different at different time because of the light. 😉
      Have a wonderful day!

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