Fourth of July Art in the Sky
July 6, 2009 § 23 Comments
Think Fourth of July and two things come to mind: Independence! & Fireworks! :)
Read between the lines and you will also spell hotdogs, burgers, beer, candies et al– the All American fare. The fun fare!
This is not news anymore but for those of you who didn’t know, this year, the fireworks celebrations in Manhattan were moved from the East river to the Hudson River on the West side. Where they originally began. People thronged on both sides of the Hudson river to feast their eyes, and I decided to perch myself on the Hoboken river side. That’s because I was planning to capture shots of these fireworks, shimmering and crackling right above the Manhattan skyline.
Well, the setting turned out to be different and plans had to change! All the action in the sky lay way up north, and there was simply no possibility of juxtaposing the fireworks with Manhattan in the backdrop (from any corner in Hoboken).
I am not complaining:)
The view I had on hand, was by no means limiting or any lesser. In fact, I ended up enjoying the fact that there was no background to shoot against, except the dark clear sky. Light, colors and myriad patterns exploded with such beauty in this emptiness, that I am wanton to call this experience nothing but an artful indulgence.
So it was. This evening, was a punctuation in my recent experiments with photography. It was an evening entrenched in colors, soft focus and abstract impressions.
These are my impressions, for you:
This is the south end of Hoboken. Manhattan glimmered on the opposite side. An almost full moon night rendered the sky much lighter than the quiet waters below. Numerous boats and cruises dotted the Hudson river, waiting for the show to begin.
By the time I walked further up north, along the riverside, the moon had caught my fancy. Its soft warm milkiness, against this cold red metal crane was simply unavoidable, unmissable.
The Manhattan skyline – shot a little way up north- along the river. I continued with the out of focus outlook and assisted this shot with a little camera movement while clicking. Cropped this picture to get rid of some of the sky from the top. Love the result.
The crowds – waiting this side. There were people everywhere- with their mats, snacks, cameras – a sense of celebration hung in the light balmy air. I stopped here for a little while. Then concluded that the treeline on the north side of this nook might obstruct my view of the impending show. So I walked on.
And walked straight into this marvel that lay in the sky, right ahead of me. It was goose bump-y beautiful:) The sky was lit up with giant splashes of color, abundant glitter and incredible bursts of light!
Call it paint on canvas, abstract photography or what have you. I have to say just one thing: This was Art in the Sky. And I captured it so. True to what I saw & felt at the moment.
Look long enough, and they will invoke thoughts and emotions of the sundry kind. As if you were walking by a work of art.
Here they go now:
I hope you enjoyed this turn of events, because I certainly did! I can see myself delving into abstracts more often. This was a springboard, and I look forward to your feedback, which always helps me grow.
If you find you are interested in exploring abstracts further, do check out Marti Jeffers’ work. A fellow blogger and an established photographer, I have found her work very inspiring and engaging!
Here is a great write-up on the history of fireworks, on David & Tamara’s blog. This duo loves to photograph and write. And I enjoy their blog very much. Hey, this article is not your usual Wikipedia fare! It has a much more interesting voice to it.
There’s a lot more on both these blogs to explore. Go on, surf (live) a little! :)
P.S. I will upload the whole gamut of pictures from the Fourth of July evening on Flickr later tonight. Abstract, typical and otherwise. So you can indulge yourself, forever more!
– The juicer at work