Thursday, January 28, 2010

Skaters [On the Rideau Canal]

A winter picture, given the season we are in: skaters on the Rideau Canal on a January morning.

[ f/25, 1/6 sec, 85mm, ISO 200, ND filters ]


This is part of a series that I am currently doing with respect to motion. I'm intrigued by the poetic way that slower shutter speeds can represent motion and bring extra vitality into a scene.

I like the sense it produces of skaters moving at varying speeds:

the parents sharing a relaxed skate with wide-eyed children;
the couples dancing their way down the skateway together;
the speedsters weaving in and out of the crowd;
the tourists strapping on a pair of blades for the first time;
here and there an elderly couple, smiles and memories steadying their movements;
smiles are contagious here;
and even the cold weather gets welcomed and praised, at least for today, its sting forgotten and lost
amidst the pleasure that a winter skate on a frozen canal can bring.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

multiplicity

Photo taken in the Center Block, Canada's Parliament building. A view of the arches.

[ f/5.6 1/13 sec, 85mm, ISO 2000 ]


what heights
to aspire to?

what limits
to be endured?

as grand as arches are
do they
then
grand ideas signify?

it should be so

cry both

they
whose needs they satisfy

they
whose needs that mystify

it should be so

among these chambers
of government

to where a nation
her welfare sent

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Algebraic

Boat/parts + algebraic_Symbols = abstract!
[ f/5.3, 1/30 sec, 62mm, ISO 1600 ]


I love how the Nikon D300 handles high ISO! I had to push it up because of the poor lighting [for photography that is!] where this old boat was displayed.

As for this shot - I was attracted by the contrasting texture of the wood vs the steel. I saw the math immediately and thought about how any object really is more than the sum of all its parts. The 'equals' and 'less than' sign seemed to emphasize that concept in this composition.

The neat thing about abstracts of course is that they have beauty beyond the specific object they represent. The true meaning of an abstract lies in the eye of the viewer - they provide a meaning based on an emotion, an experience, or a theme that is somehow linked to their own experience and forms an idea out of their own imagination.

An abstract evokes images and meaning from the viewer.

I think therefore, that an abstract is one of the truer examples of collaborative art.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Winter Forest

I was out snow shoeing in the forest that crosses the Ridge not far from where I live. The starkness of the bare trunks, the spaces between filled in by spruce and evergreens - a most wonderful pattern of textures to provide a background for winter daydreaming.
[ f/8, 1/40, 40mm, ISO 200 ]


In a snowy winter
few human voices break the silence;
the only voice that speaks comes from the trees
as they creek and sway in the winter wind.

There's always shelter in the woods.

I imagine how tight a blanket the forest weaves;
close my eyes and see the rows of trees close ranks.
Evergreens dance to their places between the trunks
choreagraphed by the cartoons of my youth.
Are Disney characters lurking just off stage?

And then so clear
I begin to see the tree bark which will morph
into the wisdom folds
that adorn the faces of gentle elders
who braved these elements and found repose
in the comfort of a balanced world
celebrating the connection
between me
... and season
............. and natural world.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Where Infinity Begins

Another photo taken at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa. Sometimes I like to take a scene from a variety of angles. I took about 5 shots of this one. My favorite is presented here:
[ f/8, 1/125, 22mm, ISO 200 ]


I felt that this particular angle really helped to emphasize all the parallel lines and structures. Even though the tilt is a little disorienting at first, it helps the eye to focus in the distance as this particular composition uses all the lines to draw you in to the point where the stairs end, near the bottom center.

It would be interesting to hear if you get a sense that the lines emanate inward, toward the focal point at the top of the stairs... or whether they emanate outwards... and on into infinity. Which is the view that I have of this. In a way, this is a rather cold scene. Yet the light shining through gives a promise of eternal hope. Is this what a mathematicion's dreams are like?

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Shadows in the Grand Hall

A recent visit to the National Art Gallery reminded me of how much I like the architecture in this wonderful building. This shot was taken in the grand hallway leading to the galleries.

[ f/8, 1/60, 16mm, ISO 200 ]


The wonderful light streaming in and casting long shadows seemed to complement and accentuate the height of the hallway. The stone walkway and walls, the wide pillars, the immense space, all gave a sense of permanence. The lovers holding hands and strolling in the distance provides a gauge of how big a space this is. This felt like a place for the ages... and I felt my mortality here. I am but a shadow traversing through this place. It will be here long after I am gone. Inviting many more souls to walk this path.

At the end of the long ascent are the galleries that celebrate the creative glimpses that artists have recorded of man, woman, child... and their places among this world. Perhaps the architect wanted to prepare us for the immensity of human emotion that the Gallery exhibits will reveal to us. Or perhaps he wanted to capture the immensity of our ability to dream. Such grandeur, after all, must lead to something even more wonderful, more enduring, more inspiring, more human... more spiritual.

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