(referencing the original): So many names for the surface, "pretty dogs" I guess the easiest to access...but for me the leap was immediate to other places...the sign itself becoming "hacer orejones" / making dogears...notes, invitations to pause awhile, to contemplate or to be be niggled at to return to look, await the other. Or "hacer la ventana" / watchers / out the window / what windows/ to where.
The spirit and sense of the objects being transcended, something beyond our surface vision (Edward Weston's peppers and nautilus shells?) Something beyond our eyesight .
The forms, their illusions, their shadings, the washes of light, the move to abstactions drawing space, passage of time, openings, ... I cannot know how long the photographer intensely sought the conscious decisions, or if his deeper understanding / connotations of memory, worked the demands of his framing...He could easily have made a pretty picture of pretty dogs and the details, recorded the document, thought nothing of "distractions", named it and walked away.
But here, inside and outside (thank you for the reminder Eric) the frame all the inclusions conscious or no move constantly in an invitation to explore the surface and beyond...and if we wait long enough, how we fit, our connections to the past. These are concepts I ponder often, Edward Weston study helped me there, Steiglitz too, but for me the resonance is with Minor White. I needed him so much earlier in my life sitting high in pine trees, pretending that the sound of wind was sea, trying to sort these questions of what is...
I wrote to a friend yesterday that "the picture in the frame is not a cloud". Today I would add, "though some would name it so."
For me this is an image of the highest order from edge to edge and beyond. My encounter with this image is hung with mysterious simplicity in a way that will paint a glimpse of understanding for my granddaughter who has made the leap through the glass and has begun her own explorations of another atmosphere of landscapes, memories and dreams without needing to understand the wiring...but when she sees that sign on upper edge will have the room to see.
Thank you for this image.