06 October 2014
II. A Sudden Flurry of Soft Pinks
III. Soft Layers of Sunset’s Hues
IV. Using the Romantic App
V. Using the Romantic App
Let me know which is your favorite and why.
At the end of this summer there was a noticeable change in the color palette of sunsets. Lilting and softly-etched hues filled the sky for the briefest of moments. Colors danced and were so powerful in their quiet attitudes that they drew much attention–at least from me.
I felt as though Mother Nature was washing the summer heat with brushstrokes of faded and pale tones. They were nonetheless captivating. As the almost monochromatic tints crossed the horizon, I had to contemplate through my lens the majesty of just witnessing such events.
I wanted to get into a hot air balloon and get much closer to the explosion of soft light. I wanted to nestle in the silence of their drifting palette of gentleness.
My photographs in the Lens section are a tribute to the late summer and early autumn sunsets. I also processed the last two as a photographic ode to the work of David Benjamin Sherry. You can read about him in the Tip of the Week.
Tip of the Week:
“The color acts as a vehicle to (an) emotional response and intensity that is already in the landscape,” he said. “That’s my intention of it, a type of enhanced reality.” ~~Photographer David Benjamin Sherry
The photographer David Benjamin Sherry creates images that transform nature into monochromatic hues. My post is a photographic ode to his palette, which he calls monocolor. I read about him in the New York Times Magazine (28 September 2014, see his work on the cover, click here) where one could intuit his dedication to nature. The photo illustration on the cover and inside spread exhibit Sherry’s interpretation of landscapes, and his emphasis on the way that light effects colors. While his spectacular images are worthy unto themselves, it is his artistic and personal philosophy that brings additional substance to his creativity. Inspired by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, Sherry’s interests in the environment and its ramifications on the land drive and influence his work. He spends inordinate time in our national parks and the West observing climatic shifts and their effects. The drama and intensity of his palette are evident. My own images are an ode to his environmentalism and his use of art to make a poignant statement about our past and present world.
View other entries for this week’s challenge:
If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.