Posts tagged ‘snow’

February 9, 2016

Snow surveillance

On cameras in the city,
You’ve never looked so pretty.
Snow surveillance
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June 28, 2015

An American education

New York City, March 2015
An American education
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April 16, 2015

Another quiet corner

He stood there in the gloaming, eyes lifted to the barely-textured wall floating sideways above. His arms extended and mouth opened wide. He was smiling, and though he wasn’t necessarily trying to catch the snowflakes in his mouth, they arrived there. It is worth noting this place was one known casually and hundreds of times. This day offered relatively nothing to note. But as the white specks multiplied and meandered silently downward, the aggregate overwhelmingly flattened space like a sheet cast over a freshly made bed. The surfeit honking of horns, the street sounds, now hollowed. The wafers dallied, then loitered with the imbalance of air but navigated along the skyscrapers deftly, without touch. As they reached his feet, they held, much like on the panels of metal and chrome. He felt his fingers numbing like the tips of his toes, and he wondered if the gap between the base of the infrastructure and the street caused the surface to cool more rapidly. The white tapped away the green. The hum in the girders came from engines rattling awake after red, not some flat-owner who rolls this in Spazzolato claps. Untroubled, it was still back over a shoulder with the weight of one strap and two miles home through the flyspeck wet.
Another quiet corner
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March 27, 2015

Winter’s slow demise

Several days into spring, 30 degrees the high, only one tree has escaped.
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June 2, 2013

On the snowy bridge

A while back I predicted there wouldn’t be a snow shot on this blog for a long, long time. Well, I just stumbled on this one from back in February and decided I should finally edit it into a finished product, so it arrives as we near summer. Sometimes it’s fun to go back and look at something completely out of place seasonally to realize where you’ve come from in recent months. This was that long ago!
On the snowy bridge
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April 20, 2013

Snow in late April

Exactly 15 days ago I made mention of probably not posting any snow photos for months due to the weather finally warming up. Last night I looked out the window at a distance and saw rain falling through what I thought was dense fog. The street lights showed it coming down in streaks. This was strange, so I walked across the room to press my nose up against the glass, and realized it was snow. Snow! We don’t get snow very often on April 19th. That’s stuff for Upstate New York. I remember once seeing it snow in early May up there.

This morning I made sure to take some photos of the quickly-disappearing snow. By 9 a.m. it was left only in patches. By 11 a.m. it remained in just the shadows. I like this kind of snow – not because it melts so soon after falling. I like how it creates contrast against the green grass and the sprouting plants. It’s like the water-sprayed vegetables at the grocery store. They’re clean and crisp.
Snow in late April
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April 5, 2013

Tree over tree, over tree, over tree… in the snow

This will probably be the last snow shot I post for some time. I might have one or two in my pocket that I can pull out on a sunny day, but I’m not sure I’ll go back to them before it snows again, and it looks like that will be the case for a long time. We’ll be in the 60s this weekend (17 degrees Celsius). That means all the complaining about cold is fading for a warmer clime.

This shot from two years ago is the result of a backyard shoot the morning following an overnight four-inch snow. The best snows are those that are slightly wet, so the snow has an opportunity to outline the branches. Personally, I like smaller storms when there’s about equal part white and black of the branches.
Tree over tree, over tree...
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March 6, 2013

The creeping fog over the ice shelf

When I was out shooting on this day I assumed this would be my best photo of a batch of maybe 30 or 40. As it turned out, it was maybe my second or third favorite. I’m curious to see how it will be received, as I like it very much. The fog crept in across the lake from east to west, so in this photo I’m looking Southwest. In fact, if you traveled toward the dead-center of the frame and continued past the buildings you’d eventually hit St. Louis. The snow-covered ice forms a shelf that hits the shelf I’m standing on. It was about six to eight feet beneath my boots, though it might not look too far in the photo. Walking back through the snow I hit an ice patch and nearly went down. Nobody was around to notice.
The creeping fog over the ice shelf
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March 1, 2013

The endless storm

We’ve been experiencing this pattern of weather where the snow feels almost constant at times.  Somehow it hasn’t accumulated much more than the original storm of six inches.  I think the wind just blows around light flakes making the illusion that we’re getting so much more than we actually are.  I’ve found myself looking out the window at night searching for the streetlights.  They show off the flakes to the point where I believe we’re getting inches upon inches of new snow.  After a few hours of this sort of thing there’s just a new dusting – maybe an inch.

Today I drove through such a storm to be part of a panel discussion on media arts at a local college.  It was nice to be invited to speak about media and photography and the work I’ve done, but I’m never quite sure what to say – or maybe I’m concerned that we’re not saying much at all.  My colleagues all attempted to answer students’ difficult questions about media and visual arts of sorts that we’ve worked our entire professional lives within.  We, the panelists, seemed to pose just as many questions and concerns as the students.  Our worries about the internet age and where we’re all headed – if there is a place for profit when so much work is shared so quickly and then left to be forgotten – don’t often have answers.  Content certainly drives the vehicle, and good content retains readers, viewers, consumers.  Still, sometimes I think it’s just like the snowstorm, blowing around and failing to settle down. Certainly there will be a lot of darkness as those of us involved stab at what works – or doesn’t. The light points will be fewer and further between.
The endless storm
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February 27, 2013

Snowing inside the parking garage

It’s hard to see, but if you click through this image and zoom in, snow is falling in the corkscrew of the ramp. Pretty exciting, I know. I wasn’t actually motivated by the snow itself to take the photo, it was the lighting from the snow that finally made this interesting enough for me. After parking here several hundred times and wondering why the ramp area always caught my eye I realized the other day that it was a good design for a photo, but it lacked contrasting light. Snow provided that by shooting it off the walls and leaving the foreground more illuminated thanks to the reflections in the puddles.
Snowing inside the parking garage
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