Hello, Steve Gillette again. The photograph which I described today, March 7, 2014, and that was subsequently posted online for you to see, was taken on the last day of January, 2014.
The leaf, from a sycamore tree (I think), was collected on a walk some weeks prior. I placed it upon a book that was lying on a shelf. The background in the image includes part of that book’s cover. The book was The Great Picture, published in December of 2011 by Hudson Hills Press, documenting the making of the world’s largest photograph, a project that I was honored to participate in as one of many volunteers. (Several of my pictures are included in the book.)
The Great Picture, itself, is a landscape. The soft background in my photograph which possibly suggests a landscape is the back of the bookshelf, with some indirect light emphasizing the warm color of the wood. Thanks for visiting.
Good morning…Steve Gillette here. Today is March 7, 2014.
Let’s try something different.
I am going to describe a photograph of mine. Next, I will post the image, separately, for you to see. You might see it as being very different from my description.
Finally, I will post information that is not apparent in the image itself. Back story, if you will. It may alter your impression of the image. It may not.
Let’s start now…
In my hands I am holding a photograph. What does the image look like? The square color picture portrays what is surely a leaf in the bottom third of the foreground. There is a prominent hole in the leaf…and spots on the leaf…the color is brownish…this looks like a Fall leaf. The veins in the leaf are sharply rendered. The background appears to be a landscape which includes a mountain, all in soft focus. The sky, in the upper quarter of the composition, is misty and moves from a golden tint near the horizon to a subtle, desaturated blue, particularly in the upper right corner. The atmosphere might be described as a bit melancholy. There is a general feel of decay and even desolation, although the total effect exhibits quality of beauty that quietly transcends the desolation.
Do you see this image now, in your mind? Do you have some idea of what the image looks like?
"Perhaps coffee some time?"
"Well…a glass of wine might be better…?"
Storefront window, Chapter One bistro, Santa Ana, California.
The creek seems to offer many of the colors seen in I and the Village by Marc Chagall… <http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/marc-chagall/i-and-the-village-1911>
The dynamics bring to mind the exuberant title and the compositional flow of Broadway Boogie Woogie, painted by Piet Mondrian… <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway_Boogie-Woogie>
The process of capturing this image involved getting down and close to it, almost stepping into it, total immersion in the surrounding environment of trees and water sounds and bird calls… Jackson Pollack commented, similarly, about his process for creating the action paintings, “On the floor I am more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around in it, work from the four sides and be literally ‘in’ the painting.” Check out Number 8 (1949): <http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/pollock/pollock.number-8.jpg>