Months of Searching & Hundreds of Miles Walked
I’ve long been inspired by Marina Kanavaki’s artwork, especially her series “As Above So Below”. These paintings show reflections of shapes both above and below the surface that are differently colored and asymmetrical. They share a common ground though and each color scheme is unique. Much meaning can be derived from simple scenes.
For the past 6+ months, I’ve been searching for my own interpretation using her work as inspiration. I’ve lied in mud, snow, water and I’ve walked hundreds of miles. I’ve tried to capture images (unsuccessfully) many times. The other night, I was composing an image and I was waiting for the light to even out a bit. While waiting, I explored the area for other compositions that I could capture after the one I was set up for. This scene caught my eye because of the interesting pattern of ice. There was nothing special about the light so I think I looked at it for a few seconds and passed on.
After the right light arrived for the image I was shooting, I immediately went to this spot and composed this shot. The light was just right and by the time I shot this exposure, reviewed it in the LCD display and composed for another shot, the light was gone. I took 2 other shots but this one was the keeper.
I was immediately excited and knew that this image was the one I’d been seeking, yet I didn’t know it until it happened. That moment, that light, the circumstances to create the right ice and the fact I was there and ready with my camera are the exact reasons I love photography.
I highly encourage you to visit Marina’s blog/site. I hope you find inspiration from her work and perhaps you’ll see life a little different. A little happier. A little more connected. A little simpler.