The Camera Test, The Inkblot Test And The Fourth Of July

I think the thing I love most about Art is that by its very nature, it defies definition. Every human being is completely original and unique, therefore the product of human skill and imagination can be nothing less than extraordinary. Last Saturday night, I found myself testing some new camera equipment while photographing Independence Day fireworks from the back yard of my Son’s home. It really didn’t occur to me until I sat down to process the images how each hypnotic explosion is for an instant, a collaboration of epic proportions.

Happiness

Happiness

Receptiveness

Receptiveness

Beauty

Beauty

Celebration

Celebration

Loyalty

Loyalty

Wonder

Wonder

Each one of these images is the product of the mortar makers, pyrotechs, event planners, volunteers, firemen, policemen, musicians and attendees. Even Mother Nature has her hand in on the act, providing a canvas of wind and relative humidity as a giant canvas upon which art will reside, if even for a fleeting second or two. Each one of these images invokes a powerful emotional response within me and I have titled them according to how they make me feel.  I’d love to hear from you as I’m curious to know if they affect others the same way.

Finished

Complete

2 thoughts on “The Camera Test, The Inkblot Test And The Fourth Of July

  1. Amazing photographs! Yes, Michael, I am similarly affected by fireworks, especially have that feeling of wonder and also have a feeling of gratitude for being there to witness their profound beauty!

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