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Morning Shadows

Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious. For whatever reason, we have passed by the National Cemetery in Beaufort, SC multiple times without giving it a thought. For whatever reason, I finally thought of it. So, we spent part of an afternoon and two mornings working the textures, the patterns, the trees. The cemetery’s standards of uniformity offer a calming counterpoint to the free form oaks. Seeing Civil War casualties one row over from a Viet Nam vet whose wife is buried with him (and marked on the reverse of the head stone) turns the quiet atmosphere into one of reflective introspection.

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Rain, Rain

Unexpected – unscheduled. But that’s the way life works out. We are back up in the mountains of Georgia helping out our friends from up here. And of course, never go anywhere without a camera.

So it rained yesterday afternoon. When it does, the near hills can present an interesting challenge. The ridge lines stack up nicely back framed by mist and, if we are really lucky, mists come off the hills in drifts and wisps. So the challenge is to capture it all if at all. Color didn’t do the unfolding scene justice so B & W it is.

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Maine Event

Maybe I should do this post as a press release advertising when the April issue of PassageMaker magazine will be out. It’s coming and I am really pleased with the Penobscot Bay piece we did for them. So I should be pleased to announce its impending arrival. The careful observer will note Dee gets authorial credit and that is as it should be. Our image submissions include material by both of us and she does editorial review. I just make up stuff and hammer away on the keyboard.

So why are we so pleased? We combined with the folks at PassageMaker to prove the Less is More Principle. I had a limited word assignment. Circumnavigate Penobscot Bay in 1,100 words – that’s nothing. Then submit lots of images of which only 7 are used. That’s less than nothing. Unless all that is there is suggestive of more around the corner and in the next harbor or in the next paragraph were I to write it.

Our Post Card image captures my present suggestive theme so well. It is becoming our boat’s signature image powerful because it places us in context, a context only partially revealed. Windjammers have their own set of associations and trigger differing reactions so invite the viewer’s mind to wander. A famous photographer is want to tell us that if we want to take interesting images stand in front of interesting stuff. Our take on that is to hang out in interesting places with interesting stuff and let the rest take of itself.

Nice to know others think so – in 1,100 words or less and down to 800 words for the next assignment – but with lots of pictures.

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