Looking at the collection of photos I’ve pulled together for my upcoming show, I was struck by the prevalence of water as a recurring theme in my work. Half of the 14 images in the show include water, as does the header image for this blog. [Update: I’ve since changed the header image; it’s not water anymore, but it is reminiscent of waves.]
When I think about it, though, it’s not too surprising, since the combination of water and light can do some truly amazing things. Always changing, and always something there to catch the eye.
This image is actually a composite of two separate frames, both taken this summer at Slough Pond in Wellfleet.
The shallow edge of the pond was lined with fish nests, small hills of sand and pebbles guarded by a protective parent. Unlike the day I took this photo, there was a steady breeze stirring up the surface of the water.
To get the final image here, I made a diptych composed of a picture of a fish and a picture of open water, placed end to end. I adjusted the tone and color so they matched, then mirrored them, layered them, and applied a gradient to blend them together.