The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Temporary. As I extemporize about this topic, there is at least one more post that I want to share with you.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, All is temporary, the nature of our existence underscores the very concept of our time being short. During this time, we get the opportunity to make the most of our lives in how we interact with people and how we appreciate the people that we’re lucky enough to meet.
Today’s photo highlights the very temporary nature of our existence, as I created it on the night that a very dear aunt of mine passed away. As I went through shooting this image, I felt that there was a transition taking place, of which I learned the following morning, as she lived in the Netherlands. Connections can be very strong, such that they cause vibrations across an ocean…
Transitions are something that we all will encounter..
This image was created using a long exposure, while rotating the camera and adding some zoom blur through lens rotation. It still speaks to me today.
In our lives, we have ups and downs, wins and losses, and even periods of relative stability that we might call smooth sailing. As we get older, we learn to take most of the ups and downs in stride, as we know that, regardless of what is happening, most likely it shall pass.
There are still occurrences that really affect us deeply, though, such as the passing of a loved one. After a period of time, the pain lessens, but the memory will remain. For this week’s loss of Darwin, the pain is still all too real and palpable, so I thought I’d share this image with you…
This image has very special meaning to me, as captured it nearly six years ago during a group night shoot; as I created this photograph, I sensed a change in the space-time fabric, which I could not identify. In the morning, I found out that a beloved aunt of mine had passed during that night, after a long battle with cancer.
This image is for you, aunt Marlies, and also for you, Darwin.
This image, ‘Transitions‘, is one of the more complex of my Kryptomorphaics compositions in that it incorporates both a modicum of zoom blur and a large amount of rotation.
The recognition of this composition came to me during a nighttime photo-walk with a group of fellow photographers. While many were taking long exposure shots, I was on the prowl for something a little different: looking for what lies hidden under the surface and how I could bring this out. When I came upon a pair of white columns with a couple of spotlights on them, I knew that I had found my subject. Looking upon them, I noticed how they framed the traffic turning behind them, which helped me decide on the shot, as I set up my tripod.
What truly inspired me that night, was an event that occurred across the Atlantic Ocean in the Netherlands: the passing of the aunt, to whom I always felt a close connection. She had been suffering through the ravages of lung cancer, and I knew that my visit with her about a month earlier was the last time that I would see her. She and I always had a strong bond, and it was no different on this night. As I felt a strong pull, I captured this photograph in one take, and knew something significant had happened; a message from her sister the next morning confirmed what I had sensed: her transition to another plane of existence.
On this long exposure, I was certainly guided by her spirit, and when I saw the result on a bigger screen that night, I knew that we had created something special.
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and 17-40mm f/4L lens at 100 ISO, f/20 at a 30 second shutter speed. The camera was rotated along its axis very slowly to get the smearing of the columns and create the window. A slight bit of zoom blur during this rotation created the depth.
I only wanted Uncle Vernon standing by his own car (a Hudson) on a clear day, I got him and the car. I also got a bit of Aunt Mary’s laundry and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on the fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and 78 trees and a million pebbles in the driveway and more. It’s a generous medium, photography. - Lee Friedlander