Loosening Memory

Foothill's Wheat - Rimbey, Alberta 1
Foothill’s Wheat – Rimbey, Alberta 1
Foothill's Wheat - Rimbey, Alberta 2
Foothill’s Wheat – Rimbey, Alberta 2
Foothill's Wheat - Rimbey, Alberta 3
Foothill’s Wheat – Rimbey, Alberta 3
Foothill's Wheat - Rimbey, Alberta 4
Foothill’s Wheat – Rimbey, Alberta 4
Manning - Canola
Manning – Canola
Nampa - Grain Truck 1
Nampa – Grain Truck 1
Nampa - Grain Truck 2
Nampa – Grain Truck 2
Spruce Grove - Canola
Spruce Grove – Canola

A few days drive from home, I stop my truck … my eyes have found something. I walk this scene, allowing my eyes to question ‘What is it that is here?’ I set camera upon tripod. I look and frame what I see – ‘click.’ Light’s point of origin directs golden light to and around the landscape it is falling upon – ‘click.’ Light’s absence, its shade and shadow and depth – at sunset, shadows are growing long – ‘click.’ My eyes are finding passage of time – ‘click.’ I’ve recognized something in the landscape and quality of light. I am recalling something – ‘click.’ I manage the machine, my camera, working aperture, shutter speed and ISO – ‘click.’ I am exposure bracketing to seven shots at one-step intervals – ‘click, click, click, click, click, click and click.’ HDR shots are possible – ‘click.’ My intent is not only to capture and hold this moment in memory – ‘click.’ It is to recast reality with the image produced – ‘click.’ Wheat fields that blanket rolling foothills are drawing my imagination to this scene – ‘click.’ Appreciation for what I see builds – ‘click.’ A long-ago memory loosens, … ‘click’ … connecting me to what I now see for the first time as an adult – ‘click.’ A sense of something familiar grows – ‘click.’ My mind resides and works equally in another place – ‘click.’ It anticipates the other side of download, edit and image production, ‘Can I bring the edited image produced close to what I now see?’ ‘Click.’ Weeks pass. I make time to edit images. I remove the SD card from my camera and download it onto an external hard drive. A Lightroom edit begins. In the edit, the surprise of the extraordinary occurs; what my eyes and camera captured weeks ago is now re-seen and more fully seen in the image that has been created. Good.

Images – Foothills Wheat Crop, Manning Canola, Nampa Grain Truck and Spruce Grove Canola.

Quote to Consider/Inspire: “Look for LEICA patterns; Look for lines, edges, intersections, contrast and angles in the shapes, light and shadows of the global and local elements of a photo to create a harmonious composition,” John Kosmopoulos.

Listening to: Molly Tuttle & John Mailander’s ‘Another Side, Tell Me,’ ‘Morning Morgantown,’ ‘Moonshiner,’ ‘I’m Over You’ and ‘Red Prairie Dawn;’ Spencer Elliot’s ‘Torque.’

4 Comments on “Loosening Memory

  1. Alberta 4. I love the shape, elongated to draw you out along the road. Or you could just sit at the side of the field and watch passing traffic, to guess at people and destinations. Listen to the wind in field, yet protected by the landscape.

    Nice pictures. Happy spot.

    • Hey there, Jim:

      That’s a nice ‘imagine’ you present – the crest of a hill, a quiet tailgate party, an opportunity for a couple of ‘sociables.’ The area is one homesteaded by many who served in the Canadian Air Force during World War II, three-hundred kilometres north from where Canadian Lancaster/Halifax pilots were trained. Definitely a place to ‘listen to the wind in the field … [and] a place protected by the landscape.’ Good schtuff!

      Good to have you connect, here. Take care. 🙂

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