zaterdag 4 februari 2012

my photo-heart connection

For Kat Sloma's new project I reviewed all the photographs I have taken last month and picked out the one that spoke to my heart.
There were many that did, but I finally decided on this one:

This was taken with my new Olympus PEN P3 at night, when I was out with my dogs. I have been wanting to capture what i call the 'silent lights' for many years, but have never been able to do so in a way that felt and looked good. The PEN finally allowed me to get some great results and i am really happy with this picture. The reflections of the streetlights in the water are fascinating. They are forever changing in form and shape and hue, due to the rippling of the water. 
I first became interested in these kind of reflections after looking at some paintings by Leon Spilliaert, years ago. He lived in Oostende and often couldn't sleep due to stomach problems, so he went out for walks along the sea at night and painted what he could see in the dark. Like this and this and this. When I moved to my current home I discovered the same kind of lights along the river at night. I think they are magical and breathtakingly beautiful.

6 opmerkingen:

  1. Your image is magical and simply stunning! I love the reflections! I like how you were influenced by an artist. Through Kat's classes I've learned to appreciate art and use if for inspiration. I find myself at art exhibits quite regularly now!! Wonderful post!

  2. I love that you call them "silent lights" that in itself speaks to my heart. Your photo of the lights and reflection are beautiful.

  3. This is magical and breathtaking! is your phrase, "the silent lights."

  4. This is beautiful. I love the richness and depth of the dark in this image. I am a lover of reflections. I took a peek at the three links for Spilliaerts art. I don't think I've hear of him, though his work looks a bit farmiliar. Thank you for sharing those links.

  5. You caught the beauty in the dark. The story of Leon Spilliaert reminds me of the story of Martin Scorsee who as a child had debilitating asthma and could not play outdoors with the other children. He watched them from his second story apartment. The rest is history in his world renowned filmmaking. It speaks to embracing every part of ourselves, even the negative. Your words brought this to me today. I will look up Mr Spillaert.