Friday, February 25, 2011

Big Sky, Big Buildings

Shooting from the car: series of big buildings in big space, big land, big sky.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stories Large and Small

I'm a sucker for stories. Stories in songs. Stories in books. In movies. In pictures. I like thinking about them and turning them through the lenses of my own mind and then seeing what comes out. The result is unique. In the creative process you think about these pictures and stories and images and sentences and when you come up with something good you know it. It fits as if it was meant to be. But it wasn't there just a minute before.

I like what I don't see too. The unseen, noticed. The tiny silos distant. The train bridge you didn't realize was there. The tiny fresh water clam shells as big as your fingernail, underfoot, along the river bank. Everthing has a story, even the forgotten corners. I like giving them an opportunity to show what they're made of.

The same is true of people, portraits, although I am still learning this. The composition, the frame, the light are one thing, the person revealed in the frame is another - locked into the eyes of the one behind the viewfinder.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just When You Think It's Over

The woodchuck predicted an early spring. Temperatures were moderate. Snowdrops and Witch Hazel and Dog's Tooth Violet were blooming. Just when we started to believe in spring, it snowed.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tiny Worlds

Interested in tiny things and close-ups. This is from a series of reflections taken with iPhone.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Norman MacLean

When I read Norman MacLean
I know I am reading something that is just about as pure as I can stand it.
As with fire, wood, or whiskey,
the silence is in the grain.
When I read Norman MacLean out loud it sounds so simple.
There is no artifice between the teller and the listener. The story lives in the voice of the teller and the mind of the listener, although the teller has been dead for many years.
It is beautiful.
And yet it is a puzzlement. As all things beautiful must be.

Mary Meszaros

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Flickr Photo Stream - Texas Photos

Texas Photo stream for Acadia2431

Dash Cam

Last year I had a powerful urge to make photographs. I started a search for a camera, but since my phone is something I always have with me I decided to see what kind of images I could make only with my phone. I found myself crawling around the yard on my hands and knees taking close ups of tiny plant shoots or driving round and shooting the road, dash-cam style. Here are some of the dash-cam style photographs I shot.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

From the Beginning

The rocks under foot have been scoured and scarred, first by themselves grating in the tectonic thrust from the buckling mantle, then by being sheered off again by more slabs buckling and scraping their way to the surface. When the surface cooled the sky rained ash and then water and then the sun baked the unlevened mess with its white heat until it was rent with chasms and red mud rivers.
This is the beginning.