This strikes me as such a painterly photograph. Painterly, because in painting you have the liberty to reduce a scene to its essential elements. Enough to give the impression, but not a complete rendition of what stands before the painter.
I have no reason to doubt that this is a complete rendition. I know it is possible to remove things with photoshop, but I make the assumption that didn't happen. It is unusual to find such a pure scene "in the wild" so to speak. And then to capture it this beautifully. OMG.
I found this in Booooooom! The photographer is Dave Jordano.
I love it when I look at art and suddenly I've got that "Wow!" thing going on. This painting did that for me. Alma Woodsey Thomas was one of the many women Abstract/Expressionists overlooked by the critics and historians. She is also a woman of color. Not sure if that was in fact a double whammy, but I am guessing it probably was.
Orion is part of an exhibit of abstract/expressionist art by African American women assembled at Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, where it is on view until September 17th and then travels to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.
...amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being...
There is a passage in Moby Dick. Ishmail and his companions get stranded in the middle of a pod of whales. The pod is being attacked by the crew of the Pequod. There is a great deal of agitation at the perimeter. But in the middle, all is calm. Ishmail looks down into the water and beholds a swirl of birthing mothers and newborn calves. He says this about that experience:
“But even so, amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being, do I myself still for ever centrally disport in mute calm; and while ponderous planets of unwaning woe revolve round me, deep down and deep inland there I still bathe me in eternal mildness of joy.”
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
See more of Wayne Levin's work here and here. Thanks to Lenscratch for bringing his work to my attention.
This series of photographs is almost too wonderful. A shop full of auto mechanics photographed to mimic Renaissance paintings. They are fabulous photographs and the juxtaposition of subject and style is incredibly rich. Museum worthy? I don't know. But great, great fun! See Freddy Fabris' commercial photography work here.