Photographer's Note


Like an imagined vegetation on a distant world, Chihuly's blown glass sparkles with intense colors. At an exhibition two months ago in Richmond, Virginia, I had the opportunity to photograph the artwork using three different cameras — an iPhone4, a Nikon Coolpix s600, and a more elaborate Nikon D200. The glass was illuminated by floodlights and simultaneously illuminated from inside. As in STUDIES IN COLORS #1 this photo was produced with the Nikon Coolpix, while STUDIES IN COLORS #2 was shot with the Nikon D200. In #2, we would normally describe the colors as "warm" (reds); here the dominant blues, greens and yellows might describe as "cool." Ironically, physicists explain these colors as being exactly the opposite. A blue flame with shorter wavelength is hotter than red with longer wavelength.

From my earlier note about the artist, Dale Chihuly, is known to his legion of fans for the exquisite colors that he achieves in his blown glass creations. The collaboration of painters and glass blowers is not a new phenomenon. In the early 16th century, the Venetian Master Titziano (Titian) had collaborated with the glassblowers on the Island of Murano near Venice to learn about their secrets in achieving certain colors, especially the reds. Subsequently, Raphael hired away one of Titian’s assistants and his colors became more vibrant, especially the reds. Three-hundred and fifty years later, the French Impressionists were able to get their hands on oxides produced in exceedingly hot furnaces used in the Industrial Revolution. Cross fertilization of disciplines frequently leads to immense creativity.

I recently created a new theme, Symphony in Colors, adding this photo into the collection. The expression, "Symphony of colors," is the way the great Expressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Théo, described the works of French landscape artist Jules Dupré (1811-1889). Van Gogh's words are also appropriate in describing the still life depicted here.

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