When a photographer presents us with what to him is an Equivalent, he is telling us in effect, “I had a feeling about something and here is my metaphor of that feeling.”
Minor White — Equivalence: The Perennial Trend
My friend Amy Isler Gibson sent me the article in which the above quote is found and so much of it is typical of the wisdom and philosophy that can be found in Minor White’s writing. Worth a read and certainly worth spending some time viewing his images. You can decide for yourself the “feeling” I had while gathering these images.
Dave Hill and I headed for Central Oregon early Tuesday morning with the intent of photographing sunset in the Painted Hills near Mitchell, OR. Instead of a straight through trip we opted for a more circular route —>> Eugene, Sisters, Redmond, Madras, Antelope, Fossil. Clarno down the Service Creek Road to Mitchell. Found some very interesting landscapes along that route that I hope to post images from later this week.
We checked into an older, quaint hotel, (some folks describe me the same way) The Oregon Hotel, grabbed some dinner at local cafe and headed out hoping for good sunset light. It did not really happen as a storm was coming in and the clouds got thicker as the evening went on. There were some minor breaks but overall not a great night. I did happen to be in the right place when one of those sun breaks opened and the bare branches of a dead tree were silhouetted against a turbulent sky. (This is tough place to make a living if you are a tree.)
I did not get much more as the evening came to an end but I have many more images sort through. Hopefully like gold mining with a payoff of gold instead of the observation by Mark Twain my brother in law told me about – “A gold mine is hole in the ground with a liar at the bottom.
The next morning found us leaving the hotel about 0500 hours after coffee and a muffin – so nice they put that out for guests. It was still pretty overcast and I do not think either of us had a lot of hope for a great morning but we gave it a whirl.
In the Spring the hills are covered in part with tiny yellow blooms. In years past they lined the gullies but the folks at the National Park Service HQ told us much of the seed had washed out and to not expect color in the gullies this year. Partially true. The hillsides had lots of blooms as this morning image shows. I think it is my favorite from this shoot and gives a good ideas the conditions and the landscape.
We shot for about an hour and both of us were about ready to pack it in when I turned to the east and walked up a small rise and found the sun coming up between the hills and thick band of clouds. Really gives you an idea of how spectacular this landscape is. I read in a brochure that it is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Oregon. Works for me.
As I alluded to in a FB post of these images you can get a larger and better rendered view by clicking on an individual image. Also I have many more images from this trip to process and a cursory look gives me hope for a couple of them.
Enjoy and thanks for looking. Comments are always welcome. I hope you go over for a visit to Dave’s blog as well. See the links section.