18 January 2007

Fireflies

I generally am not a big fan of Gregory Crewdson's work. But his recent work Fireflies is intriguing for several reasons. In the first place, the images seem all to be tiny (about 6.5 x 9.5 inches). Second, they don't have the weirdly ominous color typical of Crewdson's work. Maybe it is just me, but his photographs remind me of colorized versions of old black & white movies. Finally, during the summer, the edge of the woods where I live is awash with fireflies that hover and sparkle in the night air like little sounds and whispers that we sometimes are reluctant to share. (Thanks for the lead Tim Atherton.)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS, for this post - fireflies are magical things...I am not quite sure the photographs capture their essence though...

18 January, 2007 12:10  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Yes, they are magical, but as I learned this evening, magic is not enough.

18 January, 2007 22:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Magic is something you have to believe in...

19 January, 2007 13:15  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

I didn't say one should not believe in magic, only that in lots of instances it is simply not enough. That is simething I probably ought ot have learned long ago. But I've been reminded recently that it is so.

19 January, 2007 16:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Magic works in mysterious ways...perhaps some magic takes time to reveal itself to be sufficient...

20 January, 2007 16:44  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

I guess I am not sure what that might mean.

20 January, 2007 21:06  

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