Let’s count them. There are eighteen photography sketches taken within 45 minutes of each other and no further apart than fifty steps along a chunk of the Mayne Island shoreline. It is a painter’s morning for gathering reference material. Why bother you might ask? Well, it is about seeing and mostly about how we see and choose to construct our world using sensory information.
I woke just before daylight. After blinking several times and making coffee I decide to go and see how the sun is making out.
She is getting a little slower to rise on this late August morning but still beat to the shore.
It is a gentle rising with a soft elegance that never fails to release the last bit of tension between my shoulder blades.
I gather myself together and glance narrow and long… searching.
And searching again.
Low clouds play with the light as I look south.
Back around I turn and venture deeper into exploring just this one aspect of the shoreline.
Which composition is most satisfying?
Which elements do we see most clearly?
Is it the sea or the land we most sympathize with?
I want to reach into the camera and pluck out my own secrets!
But I cannot.
Like the blue heron I can only keep fishing using my past experience and best guesses. Maybe this one!?
No not that one replies the heron.
The sandstone chortles and then hefts a sigh, as if in commiseration, about this endless seeking.
Calm but slightly dejected I turn around yet again. I haven’t unraveled this dawn yet.
After a few steps, I turn slowly and then crouch low… there…
and then again here….
Morning has broken and the landscape is shattered by my viewer’s eye! I must leave now with my quick photography sketches. I must take these fragments and make something of them just as we do with every image we created in our mind’s eye. these are my few soft gestures of contemplation before picking up my brushes and rushing them over a canvas with heaps of expectation and too much substance to do any of it justice.
What has your morning brought to you?
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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch
From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada
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