I remember taking this one morning across the river. I recently posted a similar shot from the same morning. This is a long exposure of about three minutes so that everything appears smooth and serene. That's a theme with me, gravitating toward images that convey still and calm; that's probably a response to living in a frenetic world.
Often when I come here in the morning to shoot a sunrise the joggers and walkers will remark to me about what a nice shot I'm getting. They have that subtle pride of ownership in their voice as though they are sharing something of theirs with me. They are here every day and I'm not a regular. So perhaps in their eyes they are sharing "their" sunrise view with me. If I think about it, it begins to make a little sense.
I relate to the sensibility because as I reflect I realize that I do the same thing. When guests come to visit us in Florida I "share" beautiful locations with them, and almost subconsciously do it in a way that indicates it's something I own. Of course nothing can be further from the truth, a person cannot own a view or scene. Nonetheless, something inside of us feels the need to impart ownership of a thing we cannot own. Funny, eh?
Anyway, this is one of my views of the river that I would like to share with you. If you like it, then by all means please feel free to borrow it.
This is part of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Naturally the design caught my eye and is another example of art in architecture. As unusual a shape as it is, the wide angle lens accentuates the effect. The surrounding buildings seem to bend into its gravitational pull.
Public art can evoke imagination transporting the thoughts of any who take the time to notice. I believe it subconsciously stimulates our inner worlds one individual at a time.
We all need art in our lives. Many of us live, move and age in a world without acknowledgment of art. We ignore it. I am no exception, racing at the feet of another god, unmindful of my surroundings. But eventually we tire of being disconnected from deeper meaning. Art is a portal to the place it was created. That's an opaque way of saying it leads back to creative energy, because it's the product of a creative.
I have never considered myself a creative. But I've come to appreciate creatives and their art. And through the practice of the craft of photography I begin to recognize creative similarities in my own and different mediums. If I, of all people, can become aware of the value of art, then there's hope indeed.
I headed over here for a walk and do some people watching along the beach. I'm glad I did on account of the scenery and the spectacle people that where there to watch the sunset. I've mentioned before on the blog about how these crowds of people come to watch the sunset, but I still find it fascinating. Most of the people shown here are from out of town and just the thought of standing by the water watching a sunset is like a dream. Maybe even a dream come true.
Its fun to take random shots of crowds. I didn't particularly know everything that was going on around me as I worked with my camera. Nevertheless I find it interesting to go back and look closer at the scene. There is no way to take it all in when there, everything changes from one minute to the next. We can see what each person is doing. An interesting study, so many lives and the only thing in common is the location.
Anyway, it was an experience to remember because the next day I was on a plane for Vancouver where its pretty much the opposite of this; cold, dark and rainy. Even so there are a lot of cool things to see in Vancouver and the change of scenery provides contrast. It also reminds me of how fortunate I am to live where I can go to the beach in the middle of winter.
The long hot stormy summers seem like a distant memory now. I will enjoy my time in the cold, dark rainy North almost as much as these folks enjoyed the beach. Almost.