Thank you for your thoughts on the images. For the 258-spine shot, the image was rotated 45 degrees counter-clockwise (CCW) from its original orientation. Is the initial orientation what you imagined as a desertscape? I'd considered that look, as well as rendering the shot in black and white and in high contrast. In the end, though, I went for a 45-degree CCW rotation to present a defamiliarized image. When I've not told others that the image is of the small of a person's back, they have not discerned what it is.
Your appreciation of the ear photo echos the reception of others. I feel increasingly comfortable with the guess that the abstraction of the photograph is sufficient to present an atypical view of something we see routinely.
For less non-representational views of the macro bodyscape photographs I did, you can view two eye photos in
the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM thread here:www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=1195.msg415675#msg415675
(If the link is incorrect, my eye photos are on the 23rd page.)
Again, thank you for your thoughts.