There is a common theme to these photos, all taken from our most recent Alaska trip - stillness. There is a silence so profound that you can see yourself breathe, and hear yourself think (to quote from my second novel). It is no accident that mountains, ocean and mist feature very heavily in these scenes. I wish you peace.
Now why this collection? It is not an example of terrific photos, nor is it exemplary technique, neither are the photos from one of the magical places that I've been. This collection is mainly to demonstrate that the majority of photos that we take are to preserve certain feelings, certain longings that we have, and wish to remember. Photo number 1 was taken from a rather uneventful trip to Cape Cod, but it captures that certain something that was evanescent, which vanished with the afternoon sunshine. Photos number 2 & 3 represent how I felt about a vacation which we took as a family, to Beaver Lake, in Arkansas, and the special feelings that we brought back with us. Photo number 4 is simply of our pond, but taken on one of those perfect days, late in springtime, with that magical feel in the air and that special smell. And photo number 5 is simply a photo of a painting that I did, as a composite memory of our fabulous trip to Costa Rica, forever in our hearts.
My wife and I recently watched a movie, set in Jaipur, India, called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It was a marvelous movie, with wonderful acting, but I noticed something while watching the movie, that I also noticed while we were in Jaipur - the whole city is full of facades. Some of the facades are good, and exemplify keeping the best appearances on the best within the city, while others - well, not so good. Now photo number 1 is of one of the more modern temples, and it overlooks the city, and it presents a facade which conveys the feeling that within one can find peace. However, photos 2 - 5 are from the Amber Fort, where the facade indicates not the peace within, but rather the silence bought with power. Photo number 2 is from the Palace of Mirrors, in which were kept the maharajah's wives and concubines, who were kept silent and under wraps. Photos 3 and 4 are of the elaborate facade, behind which were the wives, who were not allowed out, and not allowed to be seen, but could see out the little window, at the activities outside. Photo number 5 is of the mighty gate into the Amber Fort, which kept the world outside at bay. And there is the photo number 6, which is the palace of winds, and is just that - a facade, behind which were kept the women of the powerful rulers, who could see the festivities in the streets below. But there is no real palace behind the facade, nor has there ever been. Interesting.
This week's post is sort of a fun, hodge-podge of various pictures that caught my eye. Photo number one is from many years ago, but still manages to grab my eye. Photo number two is from our trip to India, and if the orange clothing doesn't get you, I'll bet his stare does. Photo number three is actually of a painting I did for one of my kids, and is a scene I remembered from Costa Rica, and the painting, more than the photograph, really gives the feeling of being out there, in the jungle. Closer to home is photo number four, which is of some of our columbines in spring, and it tells of what is to come. And lastly, photo number five is from Cape Cod, and I think is says so much more than words can. Enjoy!