Standing in one of these cabins on a hot, sunny day becomes very uncomfortable very quickly. This is one of only a couple of frames I exposed last week when I preferred to stay in the shade and make photographs from a distance. If I used a digital camera I suppose I'd be much less choosy about what to photograph, and 'shoot' a great many more frames. But, with film, I take a lot of time to select subjects. Despite the heat and glare, I took a while with this one. My shirt was wet when I walked away to seek relief under the shade trees nearby.
Friday, June 27, 2014
More by accident than design, I drove to Kingsley chasing some gorgeous clouds and found myself stopping instead at the cabins even though I promised myself I wouldn't. The weather is hotter than it was in May, but the light is still about the same...bright sun, and strong shadows, so I hadn't much expectation of anything looking different. As I was inclined to stand in the shade, I chose to regard the cabins from a distance (although I also got into one and made some exposures there too.) It's taken a long time to decide to include some of the contemporary settings for these buildings...particularly a palm tree or two, but they're there, so they need to be photographed. The forested image is similar to one I've posted earlier, but different enough to present. In the end, if I can only choose one, it will be nice to have several to pick from.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I am no fan of palm trees. In fact, I think they're rather ugly, and I am eager to fell the one that inhabits our front lawn in favor of a deciduous or some such leafy tree native to this area. But, being the true softie that I am, I wouldn't take down our palm tree without regret. And, when I come across one living a solitary life, I feel a degree of compassion. Go figure!
Friday, June 13, 2014
As I've not yet lived here for one full year, I can't anticipate seasonal weather patterns as I could in New York. But when there's 'weather' other than relentless sun, it's pretty compelling. These three photographs are from the same roll as yesterday's post. The first two were made as a storm was gathering, and the third as it cleared from my immediate area.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
These photographs are the first in my respite from the Kingsley project. Oddly, they were taken on the road that leads to the plantation, but not because I was going there. However, that road is more interesting to me than any other I've discovered in this overgrown landscape with its impenetrable jungles, and flat terrain that doesn't provide even minimally elevated points of view. As looking to the land is so unproductive, looking to the sea and the sky is crucial, and celebrating interesting trees is a daily quest.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
I think it may be time to give the Kingsley project a rest. I could easily burn more film there, but a lot of those photographs would be tiresomely repetitious. As I've never done a project like this, I'm curious to discover how patience and percolation will inform it when I return. It may require the light of a different season, or a lot of rain, or longed for fog, or human presence to stimulate new images that are different enough to be included. In fact, I just discovered that descendents of the enslaved residents of the plantation are well known to the NPS people who maintain the place, and they attend various commemorations and ceremonies that are held there. Meeting some of them would be a huge thrill whether or not they ever were photographically a part of this work. Here are a final two for a while that I took on June 1st.