All my life I have wanted to understand the mystery of the desert at night. The first mystery came with pallets of quilts on my grandparent's sheep ranch at Farewell Bend, where the long echo of the train whistle came skidding to us across the river at night. In daylight, the Snake River in those days was so polluted that my father said you wouldn't have to drown a kitten, you could just dip it. The summer days were hot, the catfish we caught were too contaminated to eat, and there was no mystery in the slow-moving glassy waters. But at night.... at night the coyotes cried and the train whistles responded in sad antiphony.
Now I know there are many deserts and many mysteries. We catch the play of light and the onset of the darkest darkness from the corners of our eyes as we speed by in cars, or remaining still we watch the wind make the only motion in the invasive grasses -- it passes in a blur.
Winter light fails early here, by 3:00 the sun has grown tired and the shadows in ink confuse the eye.
and the distance is the ocean
the storm in the distance
Just Keep Going
cold grass wind
To me every city is a City of Light. Making a blur of a city scape is an interesting challenge, because detail and recognizability is especially important. A focused establishing shot is even more important than a landscape blur. Many cities are characterized my the indefinable way that light plays over the colors and textures peculiar to that special place -- the rippling London shadows, the Sienese reds, the stark Santa Fe pop, the San Francisco whites, the Seattle midtones. New Orleans is no exception. NOLA has a softness due to the humidity of the atmosphere and the accrued pastel patinas.
Here is how I saw New Orleans in October when I visited for our first Images Without Borders gallery show at the Shop of the Two Sisters.
Colonnade Blur No. 2
Fleur de Fire Hydrant
A "non-blur blur" where the motion isn't obvious, but the light shows up differently than in a focused shot, and the randomness of composition imitates our unconscious eye scan movements -- to me resulting in a slightly Impressionist cityscape.
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Bricks Patina slide blur
Window Down Blur
Dumaine Street slide
Door Light Blur No. 2
Faux Flowers Real Shadows
Door Reflections non-blur blur
Wrought in Shadow -- not a blur, in case you were wondering....
My Favorite, a non-blur blur Leaning Chair
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