Maine Evening Light and The Violet End

My brother, poet Michael Fallon, mentioned the poem, The Violet End, that he had written prior to seeing my photograph, Maine Evening Light, on view at Strathmore Mansion in Rockville, MD. Coincidentally, the poem describes the image quite well.

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This print will be on exhibition in Camera USA® 2019: National Photography Exhibition and Award in Naples, Florida from June 3-July 5, 2019.

The Violet End

By Michael Fallon

The sky comes slowly down.

The color of the air—

A blue-violet—deepens.

The yellow windows shine

Through the black branches.

All along the sidewalks,

Beneath the streetlamps

The purples are transparent still,

As waves are beneath the sea,

Clear as the light that

Slides down the rainbow,

Spectrum of the visible, until

The violet ends.

Night comes.

Maine Evening Light  at Ocean Point, Maine

Maine Evening Light at Ocean Point, Maine

Pursuit of Light

Photography is about capturing light in all its vibrancy and subtlety. This brings to mind the poem by William Butler Yeats, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven. The poet speaks of laying the cloths of heaven at the feet of his beloved. The beautiful cloths are described as resembling the heavens at different times of the day, “ Enwrought with golden and silver light/ The blue and the dim and the dark cloths / Of night and light and the half light”. The desire to capture the changing light, whether exterior or interior, in an image is a constant pursuit.