Yesterday's Light

Images in Space and Time

Standing Straight

6 Responses to “Standing Straight”

  1. Earl

    I like this for it’s simplicity. It took me a moment to make out what the background was. 🙂

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Earl. It’s just the north wall of the gorge at Taughannock Falls………..

  2. Juha Haataja

    It must be the natural framing which kept me looking at this for a long time, a modestly cheerful photograph that has just the right stuff in it to feel complete.

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Juha. I like your phrase “modestly cheerful”. It was certainly a peaceful spot, but modestly cheerful works just as well!

  3. Cedric Canard

    This photo has certainly engaged my mind. The background has me wondering what I am looking at. A rock face for sure but there is something else to the bottom half. Water? Stones? All sorts of textures amplified by the trunk of the tree but offset by the warm and soft colours of the leaves. The other thing I like is the flattened look of the image giving the appearance of compressed space while the shallow depth of field shows this to be an illusion.
    Very good of you Paul, to post this with no words.

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Cedric. Yes, water is flowing (slowly) in the bottom of the frame. For me, the image is a metaphor for constant change. Some of it is change that happens quickly (leaves changing color with the change in season) and then there’s the much slower change of water driven erosion. Even though the gorge – and waterfall – will outlast the tree (and me), they too will eventually disappear and there will be nothing left but a flat plain. I don’t think of it as “compressed space” but as compressed time. And, as you say, it’s something of an illusion.


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