Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Out for a virtual walk -

"Reach for the Sky"
digitally manipulated photograph by Mick Mather
I continue my winter project of scanning over a decades worth of photographs taken on more walks than I can remember. There was always something at the back of mind, call it a voice if you will, telling me to "wait for the light, linger a bit longer, look at this from another angle". Until recently I hadn't understood why and now I have this wealth of documentation that is as much fuel for the walks I'll begin taking soon as for the exhibitions I intend to mount or the lectures I intend to present. As usual, there's plenty to do but I'll leave you with the same thought I've had in here a time or two before - I see these fall and winter photographs of trees, bushes and branches as drawings ... so, wait, linger and look from another angle.

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15 Comments:

Blogger hpy said...

I've been studying plans for part of the afternoon, and now you show me one more. There's a lot of roads on yours! I'm not sure to find my way anymore.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Shani said...

Nice! It has such a free feeling to it. I can tell the Spring bug has really bitten you in your other posts, but this one just proves the beauty in a winter scene as well.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

hpy:
Plans? For my birthday next month? Just drop the presents off at the house! :D

Shani:
I couldn't agree more. I'm not against getting out in winter weather and I've done more than I wanted to this season. Still, by the end of February, I begin to get that restless feeling. :)

2:05 PM  
Blogger John said...

Like the muted colors - it echoes your composition.
Regards.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

John:
Ever a fan of Brice Marden and his squiggly works-on-paper, I suppose the color, for me, was always better served muted. Whenever I look at trees, branches, spider webs, etc., he and Pollock always come to mind.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Elegia said...

They're reaching for the sky, I'm reaching for the spring!

1:06 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Elegia:
I'm right there with you! I want spring too!

6:44 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

OMG, is your birthday already next month! Has one year already gone -I can't believe, time flies, oh, why, oh why can't I!

7:53 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Hmmm, the first thought I had was a fork in the road or path...which way to go???
I love this composition Mick!

It's always Spring here ;)

8:55 AM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

It's amazing how youv'e kept these all this time. I like to linger, the mood and feel of anscene can change so quickly taking away or adding light in the blink of an eye.
I like the light in this one, especially on the main trunk.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

SusuPetal:
We're not in Kansas anymore!

... and, YES! Get ready for my birthday on the 22nd!

studio lolo:
It interests me to hear that your first glimpse of this piece translated as a map for you, Laurel. Spring all the time? Don't rub it in or I'll deliver snow to your yard!

Lisa Sarsfield:
One of the things about the filters in the secret visual laboratory is that they can amplify, as well as mute, highlights. I was seeking to render this as more of a drawing and used a bit of both in different segments of the photograph. :)

4:38 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Hmm, a new video...?

If you give me the permission, I could make a video of your work?

10:49 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

SusuPetal:
Permission granted!!! That would be wonderful, Susu ... go ahead and use anything you like. I can hardly wait! :D

3:24 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Ok, thanks.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

SusuPetal:
:D

5:34 AM  

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