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Snow returns

December 21, 2009

in Nature abstracts

For the last few days much of Britain has been struggling with heavy snow, bringing road closures and the stranding of thousands in the Channel Tunnel. Meanwhile, Devon has been avoiding much of the snow and simply freezing hard. My usual Friday appearance at Tiverton Pannier Market with a selection of mounted prints and cards proved to be a chilling endeavour. A small heater and a fleece blanket were no match for sub-zero temperatures and open doors.

Today, however, the snow made its first appearance in my village, nicely dusting the Grand Western Canal which is already well frozen. The arrival of the snow reminded me to post this image from last winter when one morning we awoke to a perfect, sparkling blanket of white.

These stark shapes are the currant bushes that cast such long shadows for the two striped snow images elsewhere on this site. I’ve always thought that the three images work even better together than singly, whether individually framed but grouped on one wall, or framed together as one triptych. Here’s an idea of how that might look.
triptych of snow photographs

Bringing the three photographs together enhances the qualities of each. The soft horizontals in the first two images contrast with the strong, dark verticals here. It’s also quite satisfying to contrast the subtle, abstract quality of the first two images with this much more explicable, but still abstract image. And I love how the stems form a strong arrow shape pointing to the earth which lies beneath the snowy covering.

Printing on one of the two specialty papers I offer is especially rewarding; the gently textured Hahnemuhle art paper works beautifully with the subtle colours and allows the fine giclee detail to define the sparkle, whilst the Kodak metallic paper allows the scene to take on an almost three-dimensional glow.

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