Some of you know that I am not fond of sunsets, photographically speaking of course. I mean, after all, we must have sunsets. But, admit it, they are very repetitive. That is unless there is context. For example you could be at Key West where everyone in town goes to watch the sunset. And there you might see a blond in a baseball hat turned backwards making pop corn, or you might spot a guy blowing fire (His girl friend calls him “Hot Lips”,) or you could be on the beach with a glass of wine, in which case the sunset takes on extra meaning.
But I still like sunrises best. Maybe it’s because most of us get to see them so rarely. By the time you roll out of bed, the show’s over. But I think it’s more than that.
The lighting of a sunrise seems to have a magical quality. It is a symbol of rebirth; and no matter what has happened on earth: discovery of fire, Huns invade Europe, Jews invent matzah ball soup, the Romans conquer everybody, and so many other amazing events, nevertheless, the sun always rises (or is it, “the sun also rises?)
So, Eileen loves to ask “why questions.” Like she’ll probably want to know why I was on the OG beach to make this photograph. But, to tell the truth, I have no recollection about this image. It’s sometimes nice to hear a photographer discuss a photo that they took, but it’s also nice to just look at it and get what you can from the effect. In the case of the sunrise, you can ask why or you can just look at the picture.
So for those of you who don’t often get to see a sunrise, here’s one from our very own beach in the Grove. —-Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.
PHIL OCHS “Changes”
COMMENT FROM GROVER ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER CARL SWENSON:
“I like sunrises, too. Insomniacs see more than their fair share.”
BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “Chanson de matin; Op. #15” (Song of morning) by Edward Elgar, British composer.