Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Midnight Icons

Sorting through images made previously, by way of avoiding what I ought to be doing instead, a few stand out as iconic to me: resonant with presence, whether or not that presence has any meaning that I can articulate.

So, herewith a few late night icons.

Visions that I respond to in this moment, that contain some blend, I think, of tranquility and dread, solace and peace and restlessness mixed together.

Beauty and terror—that terrible beauty wherein beauty is but the beginning of terror—often appear intertwined.



Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

I like the last two photos here. I've been thinking about which of your photos that stay with me and it's usually ones where something intrudes into the stillness. The bird is a good example especially since it's blurred and in the last photo it's the colour of course.

The guy in the water although he meets the criterion didn't move me so much. All I could think was: Christ, that looks cold.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

I started with the moody fire and candle photos, and went from the there. The pelican photo just seemed to call out to be included, though, so I;m glad it spoke to you.

That rack of lifevests is a fun Photoshop technique where you desaturate the color everywhere in the image except the place you want to highlight. It makes for eye-popping images sometimes.

The canoe photo is actually taken at high summer. The water's not too cold, and the air temp was probably still quite warm even at sunset. People don't realize that in northern Minnesota, where this photo was taken, how hot it gets in August. Sure, everyone knows how cold it gets in February, but it can get up to 32 C in early August sometimes, having been at -30 C the previous February.

9:10 AM  

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