This week I wished to share with you an image from St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies. It is currently part of a series being featured on Sundayed, a website devoted to provocative weekend reading. I felt this image to be particularly relevant to St. Barths, as the island is known for it’s heart stopping landings into Gustaf III airport
St. Barth’s is a winter haven, a refuge for the French and Francophiles alike. Unique in it’s infrastructure and distance from it’s mother country, a visit allows a glimpse into a condesed segment of French territorial living. Known for it’s haute cuisine and star-studded beaches, St. Barth’s is a wonderful destination. Many people visit annually for the Cinema Caribes film festival, which I highly recommend.
View the photograhic essay on Sundayed.com
Details on Cinema Caribes
I had passed over this bridge a countless number of times before, but it took an early Autumn thunderstorm and a new angle to garner the image above. Most of all, the inception of this photograph took vigilance in seeking creative fuel to fire the spark of inspiration. Just as with opportunity, inspiration knocks and the apt answer. As a professional photographer awareness and creativity on demand are a job requirement. Though the ability to do those things on demand arrives only after many hours of diligence. From this perseverance with your craft and creative eye images materialize, and eventually the ability to tap into the stream of imagination and awareness to assist others in bringing their ideas to light.
I would encourage everyone with creative ambitions large and small to tackle without heed the challenges you face in your endeavors.
“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.” (Albert Camus)
This image is from the Land and Sea series, part of which was exhibited at McGuffey Art Center, in Charlottesville Virginia last year. These images are from a variety of locations, though are tied together with the cool color palette utilized and the inclusion of a strong horizon line. The horizon line is a graphic element that I love, and think can be quite powerful within a photographic composition to unite or divide elements. While attending Virginia Commonwealth University’s photography program, I loved learning about how to use natural elements such as horizon lines and the rule of thirds to strengthen the message in a photograph. While studying abroad, outside London, I first came across the immensely inspirational Hiroshi Sugimoto – an artist whose work influenced me in the creation of the Land and Sea series.
One of my favorite things about living on an island is that you are surrounded by a strong horizon line, where the sky meets the sea. Wonderful to look out upon and great for creating photographs.
“You get your best pictures when you engage in a process of discovering each other. I want the viewer to have an emotional response to the subject, without some obvious technique getting in the way.” – Jodi Cobb