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  • I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches
    and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize
    that the real magician was light itself.

    Edward Steichen





    When I am taking photographs in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life, I am always aware that the choices involved in creating a picture are literally infinite in both possibilities and combinations. There are tens of thousands of ways to shade and manipulate the atmosphere, the time of day, the color of the sky, the lightness and darkness, the clouds, the water reflectivity and transparency. For any one photo, up to a hundred different adjustments, or more, may be made before I start shooting the final candidates, and even then, I play with camera angles.

    When there are shots that involve live action, the complexity increases tenfold, because you must click the shutter at the precise moment of perfect composition. It is an exhilarating challenge, always, to capture the combination of choices which result in art.

    I do a lot of photos of dancers, because, well, I just love the feeling of intimacy, grace, movement, and pure joy that dancing represents. It is amazing to realize that there are an infinite number of photos I can take of dancers, and no two will ever be the same.

    In my ongoing fascination with photos of dancing, I am reminded of how the great American Photographer Edward Steichen took pictures of the Shad Blow tree in his backyard, hundreds of photos, over and over and over again in all lighting and all seasons. Each photo was special, luminous, and unique.

    To be immersed in art is to become completely humble, as I realize that the potentials of art are limitless, infinite, and my job is just to witness the unfolding wonders of it all, and capture the variety and beauty that might otherwise remain hidden.

    Steichen writes:

    “When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.

    “Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things.”









    (Photograph by Alex in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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