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St. Lawrence River in Winter
 
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St. Lawrence River in Winter


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Mamiya 6, 50mm lens, Agfa 100 ISO B&W film, f11 at 1/500 sec.

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Not sure why I put these two together in an image, but they seemed to go well as a

duo, with the motion originating in the diagonal forms and ending in the frozen snow

covered ice below.

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I'm not sure about this particular duo, it seems limited, so I'd like to see much more exploration with these sorts of images. A wall full of them, dozens, hundreds. 

 

That's not my idea...I recently saw something like that done with hundreds of very fine 5X7 B&W prints, images of an extremely remote desert on the Mexican border with New Mexico. Doing something along those lines with your images wouldn't be at all derivative any more than films of each are would be...it'd be each photographer/film-makers.

 

I like this pair a great deal and I'm uncomfortable with some aspects. That's a good sign.

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The uncomfort factor may be due to the sharp edges (somewhat violent forms) and the perhaps abnormally deep shadows, or to the fact we do not see these forms in snow and ice very often, even in winter. Maybe symbolic of living in a hot-cold climate in the North East. Nature is often rounder than this, or otherwise more indefinitely random.

 

A plurality of images, and with perhaps less contrast betwen the two forms, may be best, as you say. Will work on this next winter, but am presently putting together shots of different minerals seen in rocks in the Bay of Fundy, Bar Harbour (Acadia Park) and in some rocks in Ogunquit, Maine. Not sure it will have much impact, but I will present it as "Mineralia" as soon as I can work on its Photoshop tweaked images and final prints. Thanks for your advice, John, it is most welcome. I enjoy the universality of your approach, in your own portfolio.  

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Yeah, these seem very abstract to me, I love the B/W's - the tonality - the second photo almost appears as an arial photo - its very odd/interesting - I like them - take care.

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Hi Ellery, sorry to take so long to get back, but I don't check my portfolio that often. The fact that you and John find something intriguing or even disconcerting is appreciated. Not sure the images go that well together (I thought so when I produced them) but their ability to question is something I try to achieve in many of my photos. Gaugin once said "Art is an abstraction". Perhaps he was referring to images (I won't use the word art here) that have an air of mystery, as being abstractions from what we normally see?    

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