Go with the Flow
In common with most visual artists, my work reflects an emotional response to a given situation, rather than mere reliance on the presented facts. And so it was with this series. On numerous occasions during the last four years, I biked a local hill park without thought of capturing the immediate surroundings. And yet quite unexpectedly during a routine ride I felt an urge to respond to this familiar environment, prompted by recalling a particular passage once recited to me at a time of need by a dear departed soul.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
Julius Caesar, Act 4, Scene 3
This Shakespearean offering encourages us to take opportunities as they arise or lose our chances, and true to his words, during four days of riding I shot more than two hundred frames into the setting sun. Seeking to capture the complex and ever changing interplay of light and forms, evoking choices we all face in daily life, the images that follow are the serendipitous result of this literary discourse.
June ~ July 2014