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Sentimental, Solitary, and Sunrise Galleries

February 8th, 2013 No Comments
Sunrise over Stonehenge on the summer solstice...

Sunrise over Stonehenge on the summer solstice, 21 June 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s take in three very different kinds of galleries all beginning with ‘S’: a Sentimental fad that’s catching on; next, a Solitary road trip; and third, a Sunrise ‘Best Of’.

Sentimental: “Dear Photograph”

If you haven’t heard about Dear Photograph yet, you would soon have. This (sickly?) sentimental site is becoming a popular fad to the extent that prestige publishers Taschen have published a book about it!

Dear Photograph quotes TIME as saying, “that idea is taking a snapshot . . . and holding it up against the original setting so that past and present blend into a new work of art.”  That description is mostly correct except for the last three words as ‘art’ is nowhere to be found though navel-gazing and self-indulgence are found in abundance.

Wait for the owners of the site to whip it up a la Instagram and then cash out with a multimillion-dollar sale to Google or the like!

Solitary: Slicing across America

Unlike Dear Photograph which boasts about art, The Great and Ghostly American Road Trip, shot by Walker Pickering, does not.  Yet it’s infinitely more artistic than Dear Photograph.  Consider this moody image of this bit of America frozen in time.  

If that’s not to your taste, how about a barren, lonely store coloured powder-puff pink against a backdrop of a dark night?  If you’re looking for people, you won’t find any in Pickering’s photographs of a deserted American countryside where you will find a caged, captive vending machine.

Dear Photograph also quotes TIME as using the word “evocative” for itself.  Look at ‘American Road Trip’ and see whether that word is better applied to the photos in this gallery.

Sunrise: Fine Photography

 Those words, “. . . work of art” – though one cannot find that in Dear Photograph you can find a few in ePHOTOzine’s Ten Top Shots taken at Dawn.  Here are three favourites.  First, this one of waters that seem to be both soft yet raging depending on where you look, in an image has leading lines, contrast, textures, and foreground and background interest.

This gallery is mostly about light, of course, considering that the subject is dawn.  Here, though, is a colour photograph with a very narrow set of tints or a limited palette that entices the viewer into the scene.  Again, leading lines have something to do with beckoning us into this misty dream.

Dawn (and twilight) is about the ‘Blue Hour’ and the hour after that is the ‘Golden Hour’.  Here’s a photograph that captures the transition from one to other.  While the sky and the light is clearly a cool blue, the horizontal rays of the rising sun impart a golden radiance to the earth and rocks to create a photograph of delightful ‘cleanness’ and clarity.


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