A Dance in the clouds
In this particular photograph I see a strong and powerful creature that glides across the sky with grace and has a domineering presence. This could be why these birds have been a national emblem of the United States since 1782, although perhaps Benjamin Franklin would disagree with this statement. Nonetheless, the Eagle is a beautiful bird to watch and to use as a wonderful subject to continue practicing my photography.
One of my favorite artists is Pablo Picasso. I know, cliché, right? However, to coincide with Pablo Picasso’s birthday on 25 October, I thought I would share a few points attributed to him – quotes that often run through my mind when I am photographing sunsets. A favorite is “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Nothing would be farther from the truth when it comes to sunsets, because the day’s end offers an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned from the day.
Another perennial favorite: “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” So true! I try to capture the essence of the moment, especially when the sun is reflecting and bouncing over the wrinkles of water, unleashing the stillness that seems to follow a sunset. “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” Picasso could not have said it any better. The colors and the elaborate ballet of light reflecting on the water remind me of the grace and precision of dancers on stage. I try to capture that one single moment, the pivotal point in that magnificent dance of time.
See you in the next post!