summer skies

Our summer skies this week have been cloudy and pouring rain.  I thought my internet was down yesterday as a consequence, and then found that I had a loose plug.  Was wondering why my email would jump in for two minutes then quit connecting.

The J. Paul Getty Museum (just north of L.A.)  has an exhibit opening that is just right for summer:  In Focus:  The Sky runs until December 4.

Martin MunkacsiMartin Munkacsi, Fireworks., 1932. Gelatin silver print.

In these days of digital printing, it is fun to look back on the early, experimental days of the art of photography. This type of print is created from a film’s negative. The film suspends light-sensitive silver halides in a gelatin which is rinsed away during processing.

Joel Meyerowitz Joel Meyerowitz, Fence, Truro, negative 1976; print 1992
Chromogenic print

In a chromogenic print, the image is formed using three main dye layers – cyan, magenta and yellow. 

Alfred Stieglitz Alfred Stieglitz, Songs of the Sky, 1924
Gelatin silver print

Stieglitz began shooting photos of the sky in 1922. Originally labeled “Songs of the Sky”, he later called them “Equivalents”, saying that these photos were “equivalents of my most profound life experience.”

Our Midwest skies are bright and blue today – take a look with new eyes at the beauty above.


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