Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Squeezing the day
I have a very busy life, like many people. I have a full time job, out of hours meetings, private art lessons to teach, chores, etc etc. At this time of year, I see images as I go about my business that I store away mentally for future use. I always forget to take the camera with me, or its just not convenient to stop in the middle of the highway and snap an image without other drivers getting VERY upset with me. But I need to find time - or make time - to capture some of these images.
Within the city there are lots of little places and things that I glimpse in passing. The colour of light on snow. A clump of bushes. Ancient trees holding up the ice and snow to the heavens. Early morning pinks and yellows on blue, blue ocean water.The night sky against the trees and fields on my way home.
So I have decided that at least 3 times a week I must get out at some point in the daylight hours to capture some of what I see. It may be simple sketches, photographs or colour studies, but it needs to be done. I need that body of live work to gain inspiration from.
Tonight, inspiration came from refinding an image of the northern lights. We don't often see them this far south in Newfoundland but at times the sky lights up and dances in reds and greens. I tried to take this photo quickly before they disappeared. I didn't have time to think about a tripod or long exposures but the colour is there. And so is my memory of them. I translated that onto paper, using a slightly uncooperative frost outside to swirl the sky, combined with an ancient set of rock cliffs against a snow covered field.