In the grasses

This scene reminded me of the film Glory. The last battle commences on a beach similar to this one in North Carolina. The general lets his horse run free on the sand, and then joins his men on foot. They march to their slaughter. I can’t stand the term “spoiler alert.” I don’t do those. I’m a believer in studying your film before watching to see if it tells a story well or enhances it or otherwise. I watch a film for themes rather than for outcomes. It’s just better that way. Plus, Glory was produced in the late 80s, and released in 1989, so there’s no shame in saying what happened.

The original digital negative of this photo had some spooky lighting and a nice flatness to it contrast-wise. I liked it. Early on in the post processing I had to make a decision on making the image pop more or to allow it to work in a more subtle way. The film leaned subtle in its lighting, but when I produced it I started feeling like everything became hazy like an exhibit at the Field Museum or Natural History Museum. I could only think of neanderthals and wooly mammoths. I couldn’t go that direction. There’s something to be said for that comment people make about how a photograph “looked better when you were there.” I always remember how colors popped when I was in a place. Memories only fade along with faded photographs.

Anyway, there’s an extremely vivid scene toward the end of the film in which Denzel Washington’s nonconformist character is forced into giving a speech he never wanted to make. As he both rises to the occasion with his emotions and falls away into the background with his inability to clearly speak tangible ideas we see the power of the visual. The scene is a precursor to impending doom, yet it is filled with power. It’s now part of my inspiration page. I wrote a lot. Sorry.
In the grasses
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