Sunday, January 23, 2011

Edge


PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL: This week Connecticut is riding the cusp of winter; Arctic chill is freezing lakes and streams, and record-breaking low temperatures are imminent. Daily, the sun pushes back a few of the edges, melts the high points off of mounded snow along the road's edge and glazes it white. Then every few days it snows, restoring edge; as the temperature stings, the river grows photogenic. Keep back from the edge. Sometimes edge divides what is safe from what is suspect; at other times, edge gives contour to challenges.

It's probably a good idea for photographers to watch edges, the spots where mountains suddenly become valleys, where water meets air or where a storm or a smile breaks. These are the places where magic happens. Keep special watch where day meets night, or motion stops. The image stopped on my computer monitor waits while I tune edges and tones making them silky or making them husk. Where is the edge between me and my photo? I stay by the computer while impatient to open new edges with my lens.

4 comments:

Tim said...

Great photo and great commentary. I don't think I thought about the importance of edges quite like you posted here. Something to think about.

Ted Roth said...

I forget who first advised it, but I read it in a book to always watch when the weather is changing or the seasons. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by.

Trotter said...

We had some cold here, but no chance to have anything like this in Lisbon...

Ted Roth said...

This is nothing. We are now under a good three feet of hard packed snow. My son-in-law has insisted on raking snow off of our roof. This is a winter like no other.