The Nature of Water

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A Good Picture Takes Us Somewhere

If you appreciate art, chances are you appreciate literature too. You've probably found yourself immersed in a good book, and found yourself sucked into an entirely different time and place to share the experience of the story's characters. If traumatic enough, even a work of fiction can cause sleepless nights. It's like we're really there. I've discovered that writing and photography are two sides of the same coin. Both are expressive... words communicates what I'm thinking; pictures show you what I'm seeing. Both are created from a thought. Some say there's a critical aspect of storytelling in photography. Maybe so. A good picture takes us somewhere.

 

Take this image. It takes me home to my roots as a child. Well not precisely, because the location of this picture is roughly 3,000 miles from where I grew up. This is a photograph made in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and I grew up in a New Jersey suburb of NYC. The reason that it reminds me of home is that it's green with huge trees and water... exactly the way I remember my childhood. And that's not all. How many of us as a teenager didn't share a rowboat with that girl we had a crush on? Or wanted to, but were too scared to ask her. Fact is I don't remember whether I did or not. It was a long time ago. The point is that the image resonates with me because I feel good being taken to a calm, peaceful place.