Plea

May 29, 2016

BW photograph of an "Obi-Wan Kenobi...Our Only Hope" bumper sticker.

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Princess Leia had it right…especially for this year.

Take care.

Immersion

May 23, 2016

BW photograph of a low-angle shot of Thurmont Vista with a prominent rock in the foreground.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Photography provides ample opportunity for the manipulation of perspective and, therefore, emotion.  The above photograph was made with a wide-angle focal length and from a position low and close to the rocks in the foreground.  This provides a sense of intimacy and brings the viewer into the scene.  As such, it provides more of a three-dimensional effect as it stretches toward the horizon.

BW photograph of Thurmont Vista from an elevated position.

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This second photograph is of the same subject using the same focal length.  The only real difference is the height of the camera, which is now closer to eye level when standing.  While it still imparts a sense of distance, it seems a bit more two-dimensional as it lacks the closeness of that prominent foreground.  This view “feels” more detached as the viewer is now “looking into” the scene as opposed to being part of the scene.  There is much more of a sense of casual observation and with little involvement.  Interestingly, that is pretty much the view as seen from the trail.

The two photographs are also a visual metaphor for the many and varied issues we are facing as a global community.  It does not really matter if we are discussing politics, climate change, human rights, etc. as they are all interwoven.  The fundamental question is the degree to which we take the risk to become involved or to remain on the periphery.

We all face that decision.

Take care.

 

Shadows

May 20, 2016

BW photograph of electrical conduits and meters in strong sunlight producing shadows.

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Without a direct source of light, there would be no shadows.

The rain returns tomorrow.

Take care.

Before the Rain

May 14, 2016

BW photograph of incoming rain clouds over a treeline.

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There was a brief, 24-hour, window of very sunny and quite pleasant weather yesterday into today.  As this day wore on, the rain clouds returned…

Take care.

After the Rain

May 8, 2016

BW photograph of rock verticals and vine.

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After several days of rain and chilly temperatures, the sun made an appearance this morning…

BW photograph of a section of tree trunk.

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which made for a nice walk in the woods.

BW photograph of abundant leaves after a long rain.

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While some around here were heard to complain about the precipitation, the flora are most certainly grateful.

Take care.

The First…

May 4, 2016

Abandoned house and overgrown gasses

(C) Copyright 2008 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

“Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees'” 

This is an important read-please give the above report a look.

As with New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina though, using the term “refugees” is problematic, as per this definition/description.  Climate change has no regard for “…race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.”  Climate change is not capable of persecution, which includes a willful intent with regard to treatment.

Semantics aside, this quote from the article summarizes the fundamental issue:  “We’re going to lose all our heritage, all our culture,” lamented Chief Albert Naquin of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, the tribe to which most Isle de Jean Charles residents belong. “It’s all going to be history.”

That is the point.

Take care.

NOTE:  The photograph at the head of this post was made in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in 2008-three-and-a-half years after Katrina.