Details & Inspiration

Winter has slipped its frigid arm around us early this year. First with volumes of snow wafting and rigid in flake. Next, with brittle veins of wind and ice. Today is only the solstice. Winter stands before, holding us in wild embrace, until the sun has returned enough to warm.

The darkness drives us inward and is a welcome respite from the energetic days of busy summer. Here, we live by the seasons. Our actions reflected accordingly. Nature is within us and all around. We reflect on the beauty of winter, appreciating the quietude. We act diligently for survival, preparing for and anticipating the worst she has to offer. Night is long. Stars are crisp and bright. Space creeps closer to our lonely can recognize our place in the universe. We are small.

Details are important. Light reflected on snow. Patterns mimicking stars. Ice formations. All with their own voice reflected against my own internal silence. Here I am...and will never be again. 

The following photos are a few of the diptychs from my book WITHOUT WORDS, Weld Maine. The book contains 116 different photographic details of the land that incorporates the town I live in. The book is designed to direct the viewer on a journey of mindfulness. Along with the photos, I am sharing some insight into my design choices.


There is so much more to consider in this combination than at first glance. There is a curvature of the ice in both images. The first is of ice forming the second is ice fully formed. There is a story here. If you look at the second image, you can see that the ice has a gradation along the bottom and left edge of the frame. That gradation formed along the shore, just as in the first photo. They contrast in light and shade. The first image, possessing a majority of white that is pushing toward the viewer. The second image is darker, grayer and implies a concavity from the raised outer edges of the shore. The major shadows between the two are congruent with each other in their placement.  Both images were taken from the same brook and on the same day in late November. They are obviously related. I chose the first photo for its softness, edge and crystal formation. I chose the second photo for its shadows, swirling ice formation and how the clumps of fallen snow suggest stars in the night sky.

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