Saturday, July 2, 2016

Clouds: looking at life from both sides now

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
                And feather canyons everywhere......
    Joni Mitchell. Both Sides, Now

The chatty CBC weather person in Vancouver mentions that she can see interesting clouds through her office tower window – like popped corn. I hop outside and look up. Sure enough there are puffy balls of white and grey across my tree-narrowed upward view.

A sea of clouds scattered evenly across a blue sky. How insubstantial, a crowd of wanderers melding and breaking apart, drifting with the breeze. What is the subject? Just this forming and changing, always changing, in transition.
My life and yours.

Stieglitz took a series of cloud photographs in the 1920s he called 'Equivalents'.
You might wish to google this if you are interested in photography.

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