WILD WEST: I have never cared much for the aesthetic of the American West but once in a while I come across images centered around the theme that do stand out and make an impression to me. All of the visual elements in this photo combine to create something rather cinematic; you have the rolling clouds, the dust that appears to have been kicked up by the horse and the silhouette of the cowboy and his lasso. It is interesting to consider that the ‘cowboys of the American West’ still exist despite the rather outdated facade of their image. Perhaps that is the reason why this image intrigues me, I think of it as a fantasy but the fact is that it is still a reality in certain parts of not just America, but the entire world.
THE SUN AND THE DARK SKY:I decided to return to posting another ‘fog’ related picture. There is something that captivates me about a location once it is concealed and partly shrouded from view. Fog is not only something that appears in the winter, at least not in my experience, making it a relevant enough visual topic to focus on at this time of year. I remember visiting one of my colleagues’ houses for lunch in May and being surrounded by fog (it was a rainy May day) as we ascended to her house, which was on a hill. It was quite fantastic. It was not quite as impressive as this image though, where fog is captured in a more colourful, less dull light. I like the position of the horse that is standing in a rather stoic manner, matching the stable position of the tree that it is facing. In a midst the soft blue tones of the sky and the horse’s and tree’s silhouette, you have the rising sun, glowing in a subdued dull pink, not gleaming in an optimistic orange. It feels like you are looking at an environment at night time, only with the sun still being present. This however is far less fantastic than the last sentence suggests. It’s just a normal morning set in the countryside, somewhere in the world.