I had been driving north for a few days, headed towards the Italian Alps, hoping to get some great images of the Italian countryside. I was on the “other ” side of Italy, in the high country…very different than Rome or the other ancient cities. But, ancient just the same. And, unique in its own way.
I had gotten an early early start. And, by that I mean dawn. Fueled by espresso, I was determined to find an amazing shot on one of my last days in Italy. It had been a good trip and I was happy with the images I had gotten. But I wanted to capture some of the amazing Tyrol, the Italian high country.
I looked at my watch and realized that I had driven for over three hours. I was deep in Sud Tyrol and the wine country. I stopped in Caldano, a beautiful city built by the Medici family to use as a country place as well as being a thriving vineyard culture since before the time of Christ. Time in Sud Tyrol moves at a comforting pace. Every day is a repetition of the day before. And the day before that. And the day before that. And so it goes for a thousand years. I took my time in Caldano, having my lunch in an outdoor cafe and doing a little people watching. I chatted with the owner of this small bistro and he told me his family had lived in this city for four hundred years. He gave me a couple of bottles of the local wine for the road and I was on my way.
I drove past a grove of olives and then I saw it.
Ancient dolomite peaks stood like soldiers at attention above green valleys and tiny villages.Those mighty dolomite spears, with a wide lap of snow around their base, seem to stand guard around the spring green lushness of the meadows below. Silently, stoically protecting all that lay below. The dolomites are national treasures of Italy. Literally a million years old, they draw visitors from all over the world, anxious to view their stone majesty.
My painterly eye drank in the spring, just when that spring had rolled back the winter and spread a lush carpet of green below. There was a newness, an untouched quality of pureness here this late afternoon, high in the Italian Alps.
I captured my image just before the day began to signal her shadows of day’s end. The afternoon sun was still warm, casting her golden embrace to the valley below and wrapping it in reds and golds and yellows. A wash of rusty purple signaled the end of the afternoon. I knew this image would be magical…I could feel the power off the dolomites in it.
My Bellavista complete….Now, where did I put that bottle of wine….
Peak fall color arrived in southern Utah this week above 8000 feet but there was a grim forecast, calling for oodles of heavy rain. Feeling optimistic I set out with my gear knowing that if the snow level dropped, I could get fruit loops color together with a fresh mantle of snow.
I got on the road to the Kolob Terrace and started to climb.
The road got snowier.
The fog and low clouds made pea soup.
That wasn’t gonna work so I blindly continued on until I reached 9000 ft.
A stand of aspens suddenly appeared mixed with every color of the rainbow.
There was an Aspen stacked fence, perfectly positioned, completing the composition.
These days it is oh so rare when earthly elements align themselves
and speak “ this is art”.
William Carr Gallery
No, the guy above isn’t an extra from the musical HAIR – it’s yours truly, back when I believed that true vision could change the world.
I still do.
As a regular feature on this blog, I’ve decided to present some of my earlier works of when I was starting out as a photographer. Thought it might prove to be an interesting visual timeline of my evolving techniques and style.
For the first image in this series, I’ll shine a light on The Portal, an image created, literally, very early on in my career.
The Portal belongs to the kind of image that I like to call ‘table top photography’. Early on, I would use everyday household items to create images that would help to learn key photographic principles such as lighting, depth of field, composition, etc. – and The Portal is a perfect example.
For this shot, I used a piece of white dryer vent hose, about 4 inches in diameter. Suspending it using wire coat hangers, I directed a red light bulb and a blue light bulb on the outside of the hose. In the background, I created a space field with a black art board with tiny pin holes for stars and pencil-colored velum paper for the planets.
I then took the shot in two exposures; the first was with the tube with the colored lights, the second was with the colored lights turned off but with a white light directed toward the camera thereby illuminating the tiny pin holes which simulated the stars and planets. The camera lens, incidentally, was just inside the tube demonstrating depth of field.
There you have it. Space, that infinite final frontier, recreated on a table top!
Thanks for taking the journey back with me. Check back often: I’ll dip down memory lane again soon.
Hello fellow art lovers,
We’re ramping up some pretty nifty editorial features that will soon appear on World Focus, William Carr’s official blog chain. Here are just some of the items that you’ll find here:
Just days ago, William was approached by a young couple, the Warwases, who recently purchased God’s Eye at the William Carr Gallery at Planet Hollywood. Recognizing William from the gallery, the couple talked about their plans to showcase their recent acquisition in their home, and asked if they could take a photo with the photographer. William, of course, was all too happy to oblige. Inspired by this event, we’ve decided to highlight YOUR stories on this blog. If you’ve been touched emotionally by William’s masterworks in any way, we’d love to hear about your Connection so we can ultimately share your story with our readers. To submit, just send your stories and photos to email@example.com.
Regularly in Behind the Scenery, we’ll showcase one of William’s works, giving you exclusive insight and access into the personal story behind the image. Read and learn all about the photographer’s creative process here.
For the first time ever, we’re giving readers a chance to get directly involved in William’s creative process: shortly, we’ll publish one of William’s as-yet-untitled image and invite you to submit a title that best embodies the spirit of the image. The winning entry will be chosen among all entrants, and the winner of the challenge will receive a copy of World Focus Volume One, a hardbound fine art book of William Carr’s photography that reflects the nature of our World and serves as an exclusive testament to William’s phenomenal 25-year journey.
We’re currently in the process of selecting our untitled image which we’ll announce very shortly. Here’s what you can do to prepare for the challenge: First, visit and “like” our Facebook page. We’ll publish our untitled image and send all of our Facebook fans a heads up. Then, just submit your title to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win World Focus Volume One.
Check back here often for exclusive first looks at new releases, future events, William Carr Gallery happenings, and much more.
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