2020 ended with a full moon. It joins the sun in giving us a celestial presence that is reassuring, and god knows we can use some reassurance about now.
Natue is always a reliable source to turn to for orientation. So look up, look around, you might find what you’re looking for.
2021 started as it did the day before and as it will tomorrow, with the sun in the sky bringing light, energy and warmth, The presence of the sun offers us stability, continuity, and certainty. That’s good. I’ll take it.
Kazakh artists have appropriated the color red as a symbol for the vitality of life in their traditional art for millennia. This field of red poppies is in Ordabasy, Kazakhstan the place where the three major Juz or tribes came together to unify Kazakhstan in 1726 under the leadership of Abulkhair.
While researching for my book The Soul of Kazakhstan in the New York public library, I came across a letter Natalya Sedova, Leon Trotsky’s wife, wrote home while exiled in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She exclaimed about the beauty of a late spring snow blanketing the tulips. I remember thinking, what a remarkable image, I’d love to see that. As good fortune would have it, my apartment was across from where the Trotskys lived. On a spring day in April, I was treated to the same beautiful sight.
Photograph of the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on the Winter Solstice December 21, 2020 latitude-27.341274, longitude-82.528267. This phenomenon is also know as the “Christmas-Star” or Double Planet..
I made the image using a 2,000 mm lens. Jupiter is on the left and Saturn on the right. The second and third images were made using a one second exposure and moving the lens creating the shapes shown here.
Mothers day a few years ago I bought a couple dozen white roses for my mother-in-law. I had gotten them from a wholesale supplier I had been using for flowers to photograph in my studio. The white roses were super fresh and flawless. As I looked closely at them appreciating their beauty I saw one that was pure and perfect, not a single blemish. So I took it into the studio and spent most of the day studying and photographing this perfect rose. The image above is of that rose.
A collector in New York city bought an eight foot wide print of this image had it matted and framed in white and placed as the single design element in their dining room.
Use metal, acrylic or vinyl to safely install this print in a damp environment.
I moved down the beach and into the water so I could place this wave in a diagonal composition. I like the way the angle in combination with the contrast in light and the slow shutter speed enhanced the graceful sense of movement in this picture. There’s a softness and strength I find appealing in this image.