Friday, March 26, 2010

Woman of Light

The other Gicleé photograph that made it into the exhibition at the Visions Gallery is called "Woman of Light". (See prior blog about the exhibition.) This was photographed at an old chateau in Pierrefonds, France, as the morning light was moving across the courtyard. I was sitting by her in the shade waiting to see if the light would change for the better. Photography depends upon good light, so when you find a special place that means something to you, be patient and wait for favorable light ..!
The sun came out and lit her up quite beautifully. My particular process of slow speed film, 6x7 negative and slight movement created the radiant spreading of light that I was wanting. It only lasted a few moments before clouds moved overhead. I like this photograph as there is both detail and texture in the stone, yet the soft impressionistic quality at the same time. She seems to me to embody an aspiration toward divine illumination.

light 1 |līt|noun1 the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible : the light of the sun | [insing. ] the street lamps shed a faint light into the room.a source of illumination, esp. an electric lamp : a light came on in his room.( lights) decorative illuminations : Christmas lights.a traffic light : turn right at the light.[in sing. ] an expression in someone's eyes indicating a particular emotion or mood: a special light entered his eyes. the amount or quality of light in a place : the plant requires good light | in some lights she could look beautiful.
2 understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment : she saw light dawn on the woman's face.spiritual illumination by divine truth. enlightenment 3 an area of something that is brighter or paler than its surroundings : sunshine will brighten the natural lights in your hair.4 a match or lighter that produces a flame or spark.

Best of Show Award in Juried Exhibition

The Vision's Gallery in Todos Santos, BCS, had an exhibit of Fine Art Photography in February of 2010. I was pleased to receive an award in the "Best of Show" category for "Tres Vacas" - a gicleé black and white print of roaming cows in the mountains. This photograph was taken a few years back on my way to a mountain top retreat in the Dzogchen Buddhist tradition. The cows seem to speak of the soul of the desert land there; quiet, elemental and ancient.