Sometimes I feel as though I’ve been conditioned by the great late god of Kodachrome to seek out and photograph perfect blue skies. But here over Ipswich Bay in Massachusetts one evening, as darkening clouds block the setting sun, I feel liberated for a moment from the urge to photograph cobalt blue and puffy-white cumulus clouds. Seeing these shades of grey, tan and pale yellow over the glistening bay I feel freer than before.
This image was inspired by what I refer to as Japanese watercolor, or brush and ink landscapes. I used the multiple exposure feature in my Nikon to take 3 superimposed images, each at a different focal length with the same 18-70mm lens. In the days of film achieving this effect was more difficult and less predictable.
As a certified tree hugger I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been photographing trees since I first held a camera. On this sultry, hot, nearly unbearable day in Massachusetts, when a walk of about two miles in the The Appleton Farms Grass Rides (Ipswich, MA) was the most I could muster, I made just one photograph.
Why do we love covered bridges? Perhaps for the same reasons we love watching the ocean or a crackling fireplace. I’ve been over the Albany Covered Bridge which crosses the Swift River, slicing through the White Mountain National Forest, a hundred times. On this day, accompanied by my 7 year old assistant Molly Mozell, I took a few moments to plant my tripod on the on the ancient wooden timbers of this landmark, and take about 5 bracketed exposures of the interior of the span.