Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter Weather

Winter Weather: Photographing Ice, Trying to Figure Out the Color of Winter

"Baby it's cold outside," says the song... and it is right. It is cold outside. Winter, the season, is the last of the four seasons, often reminding us of the winter of our lives. But winter on the North East Coast doesn't always come in December, but at the beginning of the new year, when the holiday spirit is long gone, temperatures drop way below freezing, preparing the ground for the upcoming snow, sleet or ice... or a mixture of the three.

We found ourselves almost one month into 2013 (it is the end of January after all) and winter has finally arrived. Worst part is that winter is here to stay. For months.

While talking about the four seasons (Vivaldi's Four Seasons or the real ones), some artists, in particular visual artists, may talk about the color of seasons. My friend, visual artist Kelly B. Darr, has always been creating and discovering new colors. At least that's what she mentioned when I interviewed her for a short article called A Universe of Colors.

So, what is the color of winter? I'd say white (the obvious) but also cooler shades of white, like gray or blue. And also no color at all, a.k.a. transparent, see-through, translucent, like ice.

Here are a few samples of my winter session photographing ice. And while the forecast calls for more snow this week, I'll be back with more winter pictures.

Enjoy!
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Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author


Ice Columns. Photo Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
I have a visual artist friend who's interested in discovering (and also 'creating' new colors). I thought about her and about winter... and wondered: what's the color of winter? That depends on how one looks at ice and snow. The color of winter can be white (and cold shades of white), blue or gray. Or winter may be a colorless season, considering that ice is transparent. Photo: Ice Columns. Photo Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Horizontal Ice Columns. Photo Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Icicles remind me of us. Like icicles we are just "hanging" from the roofs of our lives. Then we start slowly melting, one drop at a time, until we are no more. While there is a cycle in which the way water comes and leaves the earth, is there a human cycle, through which we come and leave and then revisit? Photo: Horizontal Icicles. Photo Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Hanging Ice. Photo Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
 Just like the ice columns, our lives' columns are finite. They simply end or melt. Photo: Ice Column. Photo Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.