Having just returned from a week at the Jersey Shore, the image below represents a little of what I saw a lot of.
I've been going to the Jersey Shore for a long time, in fact I was born there. Yet the seagulls this year seemed especially hungry and "flocky." (Maybe they're still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy?)
My new mini-series "Bird Streams" represents some of my thoughts on the subject of seagulls at the shore. Click here to see that gallery.
Rene Magritte has for some time been one of my favorite artists.
Recently, after enjoying perhaps my 506th online review of some of his work, I created the Sky Moon series. My Sky Moon series may be seen in the "In The Air" gallery on this web site.
Now, certainly the Sky Moon series does not play to the same degree on the surrealism obviously present in Magritte's work. But in this series is present the play on sky and clouds for which Magritte is known. Yet, the elements of surrealism are clearly present in this piece.
A moon composed of blue sky and cloud, reminiscent of the Earth yet resembling the Moon, set against a clouded gray sky is a scene that might be seen from Earth's surface, if only this planet and its moon had evolved differently. Such thinking can also apply to Magritte's Golconda, that famous image of bowlered men floating in the air, if only Earth's gravitational field was different from the one we know.
Almost real, yet not quite within the context which with we are familiar; such is the nature of the images in "In The Air."
See this "still life" image in the Medley gallery.
Working on this photo was a pleasure. An aquarium on loan from my nephew, a pure white backdrop, some peppers, a lighting strategy that took several hours to perfect, and of course some water.
How did I arrange the peppers? Good question. The answer is in two parts.
First, there was no arrangement, per se. Second, I created the
"arrangement" by throwing the peppers with one hand while holding a cable release in the other. As in life, in this photo shoot one had to take what one got. My studio table got fairly wet.