Out for a walk with our US guests I was struck by the spire of the local church against the dramatic sky.
Most of the University is off limits to students over the summer bu the library is still open. Leaving it one cloudy day I saw this shot of the dramatic sky through a kind of skylit walkway with the actual sky above and quickly grabbed a couple of shots. I then walked through the quad and saw another, kind of ominous view, below.
The next day, we only walked about 3 miles in a circuit starting from Lulworth and ending at Lulworth Cove .
If you succumb to any of these hazards, you may find yourself with a Scratchy Bottom:
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After dinner we explored the beach and seashore. Click any image to see them all enlarged to full size.
I’m not quite sure the picture conveys the magical depth of the 2 little clouds’ appearance within the larger white cloud. It looked special at the time.
Almost 100 years ago, Alfred Stieglitz famously published a series of photographs called “Equivalents” of clouds. I never quite got them. Walker Evans said of them, “Oh my God. Clouds?” according to Dyer’s The Ongoing Moment. He describes them as not being meant to document the sky at the time Stieglitz photographed them but, rather, they were equivalents of Stieglitz’s interior state. Dyer contrasts this with Richard Misrach’s Non-Equivalents, which specifically do document the state of the sky. Many others have riffed on the Equivalents, including Vik Muniz. So, I’ve never quite gotten pictures of clouds. Then on a 5-mile walk, under a cloud-laden, leaden sky, I saw these skies like Bob Ross was showing you how to paint the sky with a big soft brush and I thought they were imminently photograph-able. You be the judge.
One suggestion at the presentation of my haiku project was to create even more simplified images. I think this one might qualify, with its few simple lines.
Presenting my final work on the haiku project and our lecturer suggested I had further to go, particularly in continuing to simplify and abstract the images.
A Day trip to Farnham to see UCA (University for the Creative Arts). Once again, I slowed my shutter to gather motion-blurred images of the countryside.
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