st augustine, nostalgia is sad

st augustine has been a mixed blessing this year, but then again what has not been a mixed blessing as i ramble through my memories.  i might be leaving this place soon and i find myself not ready.  the winter has been chilly, the moon is waning and lyla died.

loss and letting-go is bearing down on me.  i feel it as exaggerated gravity.  a kind of electrically exaggerated gravity.  something that is both weighty and profound. let me illustrate it with a few images:

black and purple 2  as well as the pressure and the heightened sensitivity, there is a growing awareness that this 3rd phase of life will make the bumpy past seem smooth in comparison.  i could be wrong and i would gladly be wrong but it does seem to me that tragedy prevails at the end.  even if it was a comic ride for most of life, the end might be a relief–at best.

in any event, it has been a ghostly season.

ghostly winterit feels like mardi gras with no ash-wednesday.  don’t take this wrong–i like dark.  to paraphrase leonard, “you want it darker, turn off the light.”

turner stormto paraphrase leonard, “you want it darker, turn off the light.”

February 2nd, 2018

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Fire and Ice

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This is a basic edit–the lucky shot itself is the best part of this photo. The double sunset is a result of Ice formation in the clouds to the right. The Sun setting to the left illuminated the ice crystals creating the illusion of a double sunset.

The role of illusion in perspective and sight is what makes a particular work of art special because of what Nature provides.  I like this type of image because it feels like a cooperation between the universe and my micro-vision.

More than anything, I enjoy the surprise of nature.  Even to the point of impermanence, I am delighted to live with the knowledge that all suns set in the end.  Some set beautifully, as this one did.

The Season of Darkness

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The season of darkness juxtaposed with a bathing of white and light.  After spending the last three years attempting to re-invent myself, I seem to be returning to photography as one of my enjoyable hobbies.  Recently I discovered a different way of editing my images.  The image above represents one manner of developing a digital image out of thousands and thousands of various possibilities.

The process of working in the digital dark room is a process or perpetual choosing.  You can tickle an adjustment or you can tweet an adjustment or you can boldly change the image into something that was not present in the original intention.

The Season of Darkness illustrates for me that a cooling bluish-white image can evolve in a glimpse of warmth.  The brushes that I used on the image were from the series called “liquid-line”.  The process of getting to this image included importing the original image in several software editing programs.

The next several post will reflect the editing process that turns a photograph into a multi-media work of fine art.