I have seldom, if ever, done a statement piece. For the most part my images are interpretations of a scene I have witnessed, or interpretations of thoughts that I have had. In effect, they are just nice pictures that I love to share. Let me take just a moment of your time to briefly tell you about the image that accompanies this post. It started out innocently enough as an interpretation of a comment that someone made to me. “Don’t you wish you could just turn the page on this weather?” That comment started thoughts running through my head for a new and different image. The seed had been planted.
I thought about the idea of turning the page on the weather and how I could convey that through a photograph. I chose to use a panorama of Atlantic City and that’s where things started to snowball. As I progressed through the creation of the image, I started to notice a bit of a correlation to the plight of the nearby resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Those in this area are well familiar with the history, and status of this resort town. The good times, the boom times, the bad times, and the ugly times are well documented. Recent efforts to revive and transform the city may, or may not, pay dividends. Only time will tell.
So this brings me to the image itself. As stated, I started out wanting to show the idea of turning the page on the weather. Turning the page, and peeling back the stormy past and present to show a new dawn with soft calming pastel color, and the hope that a new day brings. This was my goal. I will let the resulting image will speak for itself.
Will Atlantic City also turn the page to see a new dawn? I can’t answer that. I hope so. I hope you also see the correlation between the image and the city. Or, at the very least just enjoy it as another nice picture. I know it was much easier for me to accomplish this digitally than it will be for Atlantic City to accomplish in real life.
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