12
Dec
10

the failure of monotony (a study in monochromatics)

it really doesn’t wash with me.  try as i might, i find it hard to ever recall saying “i’m bored.”  oh, i may have been bored with a television show or some other monotonous chore, but those are instances that are easily overcome. i can’t do it.  i cannot write about monotony.   this is the umpteenth time i’ve started this post & each time it gets more & more inane & redundant.  what is there to say about monotony?  i’ll tell you:  nothing.   these two photos struck me because of their monochromatic essence, but even they are not monotonous (which is what i thought would be the connection, the raison d’etre, if you will, of this post,) but alas, it’s not to be.

because i love their subtlety, their illusion of fiction, their drifts of watery memory, & the melding of sea & sky.  & although they’re still, can you not feel the swells of the ocean, the rocking, stomach-dropping dip & lift?

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2 Responses to “the failure of monotony (a study in monochromatics)”


  1. December 12, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I like these 2 images a great deal and I do feel the swells of the ocean…..
    I am seeing a landscape in image no. 1.

    These images have a hypnotic quality…

    • December 12, 2010 at 9:37 am

      Thanks, Nina. The day I took them the ocean and sky were so similar in color & pattern that it was, as you say, hypnotic. And then to have that little bit, a hint, really, of Catalina Island in the far horizon, I thought, gave the photos an otherworldly quality, mythic, maybe.


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