Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Light Passages

ANDREW WYETH: "It's all in how you arrange the thing... the careful balance of the design is the motion. It's a moment that I'm after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment."

PHOTOGRAPHER'S DIARY Reflections While Shooting at Olson House, Part 5:

We returned one afternoon from our midday meal & workshop to find a blue and white, Art Deco sky sailing by Olson House. Some trick of Mercury copied from a vintage rendering of the Chrysler Building. It was spectacular; the farmhouse windows glowed white fury. But the clouds were moving quickly, what I call "theater lights," and I hurried to find a position to catch the full show. Alas, the midday visitors were still on the lawn; the place was not yet ours. Also, to include the sky, one had to include the newly shingled barn, a new wound gaping in any photograph. After several unsuccessful attempts at the full scene, I turned to the windows. I sometimes wonder who sends these fanciful lighting designers who assist us in our work. With such a sky, who needs curtains?

The whole show lasted perhaps half an hour, and then it was gone. The sky-makers packed their bags and went home. Their gifts, such as they are, remain.