Light and Space

April 21, 2012

Green gate opening to the prairie

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

At the beginning of Apocalypse Now, as Francis Ford Coppola is introducing his characters, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) says that Mr. Clean (Laurence Fishburne)”…was from some south Bronx s***hole and I think the light and space of Viet Nam really put the zap on his head.”

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

That statement about the Bronx is, of course, harsh, but nonetheless could be descriptive of many areas of America’s cities.  Baltimore, Maryland is no exception; however, I have chosen a “non-holish” area near the Inner Harbour to illustrate a point.  No one would ever confuse the downtown sections of most cities as being characterized by “light and space” due to the built environment.  All of the structures simply encroach on those very qualities, leaving a distinct feeling of being boxed in-no matter how beautiful they might be.

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Such is not the case out in the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; light and space is exactly what can be found.

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

And, yes, it does put the “zap” on one’s head.  It is quite pleasant, though, and a relief from the chaos of the inner city.

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This openness brings truth to the saying that storms can be seen miles away due to the open prairie.  That puts a completely different zap on the head.

Take care.

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