Burnside Photographic "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." – Henry David Thoreau

July 30, 2012


This cloud no longer exists.

Ephemeral things (from Greek εφήμερος – ephemeros, literally “lasting only one day”) are transitory, existing only briefly. Typically the term is used to describe objects found in nature, although it can describe a wide range of things. (Wikipedia)

I think there is a natural, if unconscious, connection between being a photographer and being attracted to ephemeral things.  Surely there is the concept that photographs “freeze time,” but I think it’s more than that.  When I “capture” an image, I think at some level that I’m doing so because I will never see it again, at least in exactly this way.

Perhaps that does not apply so well to “permanent,” as opposed to ephemeral things – think buildings – but then what, if anything is permanent?  You might say a building, the sky, the earth, the stars, but I would respond, “Everything is transient; it’s just a matter of time.”

July 27, 2012

After the Storm

After the Storm

The light just before and after sunset is almost always nice, but it’s especially nice after a good hard rain.

July 19, 2012


Filed under: Abstract,Awareness — Tags: , , , , , , — Frank Burnside @ 2:01 am

Glass, by Christopher Ries

Glass, after all, is all about light.

I have known and loved the work of Tunkhannock Glass Artist, Christopher Ries, for at least a decade.  As a photographer, I am in love with light.  In that, we share a common bond.  In his own words, “My work celebrates the awe-inspiring beauty and intellectual wonder of glass.”  I submit that a sculptor in glass and a photographer have much in common. To the artist, glass is the medium.  To the photographer, glass is the lens.  Christopher’s work transmits light, as does my lens, but my lens merely makes an image of what is before it, while his glass, and the light that passes through it is the image!

Some time ago, Christopher had an exhibit at Misericordia University.  I was not able to attend the opening reception, but I saw it sometime later, and I had my camera with me.  I took some photographs, with nothing but the lights of the gallery, and I was pleased with them, but I felt I could not share them, as I had not sought his permission to do so.  The images, as is my fashion, are somewhat abstract, and do not show any of his works in their entirety.  Nonetheless, I believe I have captured the magic of their transmission of light.  This week, in a fortuitous turn of events, I made a connection through a mutual associate, and I now have that permission to share them.  I hope you will be as awestruck by his work as I am.

You may see more of his work at  http://www.facebook.com/RiesGlass and http://www.christopherries.com/.  Thanks to John Williams for making this connection.

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