before the PLUNGE

I always knew that walking on the balcony’s edge wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. What would I say, too edgy, as said, and I’m a pretty conservative guy when it comes to adventures, but, you know, the day was so beautiful, the light in the sky so intriguing, the blue so mellow that I couldn’t resist shooting beautiful Buenos Aires and River Plate. Then, suddenly, vertigo got me.

Supposedly, this is the last photo I took. It has been found in my camera’s memory, crashed closed to my body.

 

ph.: Avenida Cordoba looking North, fake miniature tilt-shift.

Woman plunges from 23rd floor.

THE SKY BOOK – a photo book by RICHARD MISRACH

THE SKY BOOK

“There’s a series of skies where I’ll pick a place on a map, like a Rand McNally map, and go to that place and photograph the sky. What’s in the photograph is not clouds, there’s no horizon line. There’s nothing in there. It’s really atmosphere, light. My idea was that the photographs become a Rorschachs. What gives it its conceptual meaning is the name of the place. Each of the places is keyed by where I took it.”

Richard Misrach

“Not since Alfred Stieglitz photographed clouds in the 1920s has a photographer made so much of the earth’s atmosphere and precious little else …. the results are as emotionally evocative as Stieglitz wanted his cloud “Equivalents” to be, and as purified of quotidian reality as any painting by Mark Rothko or Robert Motherwell.

NYT Book Review

Skies wider than imagination and colors that defy man’s memories: Misrach’s images are broadening the perception of the sky and giving it an identity. It’s the methaphor of a travel toward the quiet meditation, the impulse to fall in a Real image.

Michele Molinari

all images © Richard Misrach

buy The Sky Book

a lot of SKY – BLUE above Buenos Aires

it’ll RAIN tomorrow

 

Smashed white dough on a blue table, will it rain tomorrow?

combination of BLUE and COLORS – Valparaiso

SKY above the AVENIDAS – nose up in Buenos Aires

Brightness of Southern Hemisphere sky makes this half of the planet a special destination for photographers. Light is brighter and colors are more saturated. Buenos Aires doesn’t escape the rule, and combines it with unique architecture.

SEAT with a VIEW

Flying is annoying and unconfortable. Packed like sardines, we’re often forced to stand next seat maniac strangers, junk tasteless food that comes too often and inconsiderate reclining passengers in front of us. Not to mention the movies that have already been seen and the polite but strong willed attitude of the crew members to keep passengers seated as looong as possible. There’re no books nor computer games that can alleviate the pain … are we there yet!?

Actually, to fly is not that bad, there’s also some positive stuff. First of all Leaving, the first step of Searching. Then the airport, the center of the world, entering one is getting closer to any place; and finally a window seat. Here it comes, no matter what the purpose of the flight is, it’s always worth it if one gets a seat with a view. Suspended in the air with nose tip stamped on the cool windows suface, one can forget other passengers and coffee in styrofoam glasses.

seat with a view is a selection of images taken through the narrow plane’s window, in order to kill the boredom and to regain the possession of time. They’re ground geometries and wing parts, clouds, seas, skies, cities and real maps: they’re the moments-images that pass us by so quickly that the clock of personal thoughtfulness has been stolen. Travel is agonizing, but seat with a view’s images keep it alive.

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