Ephemera

Ephemeron: noun, plural e·phem·er·a [ih-fem-er-uh] , e·phem·er·ons.

1. anything short-lived or ephemeral.
I realised recently how ephemeral much of my subject matter is. This is perhaps, one of the genii of photography when it is used to create documents. The photography of Atget in particular was an attempt to document a disappearing world (in his case, an ancient Paris which was being redeveloped). While one would not usually include architecture or constructions as ephemera, they are as subject to passing as anything else. This occurred to me as I passed a site where a building had recently been torn down, presumably to make way for a new development.
I took this photograph of a flower in the Prague botanical gardens. Already, the light which was captured as I took this image has now dissipated. The flower too will soon pass. All that will remain  – for some time longer – are the electrons which form this image and the subtle chemistry which retains it in my mind.
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I don’t normally post images of flowers, or macros, but I consider this to be neither, more a simple abstract composition in red and green. I like the way the lens draws, in this case with a +3 close up filter.
PS: I’m not comparing myself to Atget, in case that occurs to anyone.

Channeling Ed Ruscha (in colour)

This is a photograph of a gasoline station in Prague.

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Ed Ruscha is a famous artist who made a book called Twentysix Gasoline Stations. I’m not even one 26th as good as Ed Ruscha and my one is in colour instead of black and white.

Additionally, mine has nothing to do with the Stations of the Cross.

This does print out quite nicely at 30 x 40 cm. The reds jump forward and the blues jump backward. The cloud has a lot more structure than can be seen on the screen.

This is the photograph that I am posting today. It was taken August 15 2010.  There may or may not be additional gasoline station photographs appearing on this blog in due course.