Moon Kissed

 

My husband, John, and I set up on the Montrose bridge the evening before the full moon, when it rises an hour earlier at dusk. The goal was to photograph the rising moon  over the Houston skyline as the sun set, creating a warm glow on the buildings. Another necessary element was to have Buffalo Bayou winding through the center with buildings and trees reflecting on its surface. We arrived early, checked out several spots, chose the best location … and waited. From the lunar navigation app on my iPhone, it appeared the moon would be rising behind a cluster of buildings and we would not see her until about twenty minutes after she surfaced the horizon. Unfortunately, she rose too far to the right. I still got some pretty good shots and was accepting of going home with less than I hoped for. Then we thought, “let’s take a walk across the Rosemont Bridge to see it from a different perspective …”

Before arriving at the foot of the bridge, we encountered the Tolerance sculptures, created by Barcelona based artist Jaume Plensa. I saw potential in combining the June Strawberry Moon with the sculptures. As I approached one in particular, Moon Kissed came to me. I proceeded to make many tripod and camera adjustments in order to be precise in my placement of the moon. I shot many frames, made a final adjustment, realized it was in the exact right spot and broke out in what my husband calls a celebratory, victory dance. I call it

Don’t quit five minutes before the miracle … “

 

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Jean Cocteau on Art

“An artist cannot speak about his art any more
than a plant can discuss horticulture.” -Jean Cocteau

This being said, I love the back story of an image, a song, a mountain range, a flower. Art has the ability to take us beyond the mundane and the power to transcend. I want my images to stand on their own, without explanation, enabling the viewer to come to their own conclusion or emotional response. However, I am interested in the location of a landscape or to know just why that girl is standing in the middle of the street, bursting with laughter. An image can appear ordinary, but oftentimes extraordinary measures were taken to get the shot.

I will share some of these stories with you. I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.

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