Tuesday, August 25, 2009

red

in comanche the word ekapi is used for
the words
colour,
circle,
and red.

they see
that there is something fundamental,
and all-encompassing
about this powerful colour.

from the garden today - reds, yellows, and oranges.

photographed as the last direct sunlight of the day made its way across
90 million miles of space,
across the backyard, through the windows
and then
through these petals.





26 comments:

Reya Mellicker said...

Those photons were certainly doing their job out in your garden! don't know about where you live, but the angle of the sun here in DC is at a particularly beautiful place in the sky so that just before dark, everything is illuminated in breathtaking ways. It was just before sunset that I took the pic I posted today.

Gotta love those photons, eh?

steven said...

these petals are sitting on the kitchen table right in front of me. so those little bits of starlight flew a very long way and had one last final struggle to pass through the window and then through these ever so thin and soft petals. this time of year the sun is wickedgood for the last hour and a half of the day. it brings colour and softness to everything.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Not my favourite colour, UNTIL I see photos like these. So vibrant, luscious and cheerful.

Dan Gurney said...

Man, that's really nice! You've got an eye for photography.

steven said...

ho bonnie, when i was in high school my parents asked me to choose a colour for one wall of my room. i chose the most vibrant red there was. it was sometime in my mid thirties that i switched to the blues - all shades, in fact i came to love the entire spectrum but the blues felt right for me. so i get what you might be saying!!! have a lovely evening. steven

steven said...

hey thanks dan, the really hard work was done by the sunlight and the flowers!!!! it's just the right time of year - the light's got a sweet spot in the evening - and it just softens everything!!!! i'm glad you could drop by. steven

Alaine said...

Exquisite photos, Steven. I miss that vibrancy in Winter.

steven said...

thankyou alaine - no worry, we're about to switch positions. in three months there'll be snow on the ground, no flowers at all, i'll be wearing four or five layers when i leave the house and reading all about your lovely hot summer and seeing the gorgeous australian flowers!!! so there you go!!!! balance. have a lovely day. steven

ellen abbott said...

I have always been intimidated by the color red. It was only in my 58th year that I actually bought a piece of clothing in the color red.

those photos are wonderful.

Linda said...

I think your pictures are very sexy Steven.....
sticky sweet, backlit evening light
peeking at parts, exotic, red hot, lovely. Your light is perfect and the pics are powerful images. Brilliant gardening there.

steven said...

hi ellen, i don't wear red - well i have clothes with elements of red in them but nothing that's pure red. i might do that when my hair is entirely silver. i think that red and silver might work!!!! thanks for visiting ellen. steven

steven said...

hi linda - i hadn't thought of that to be honest but also to be honest i see and feel that when i look at them again. the light was a gift from our nearest star. the flowers were a gift from the garden!!! both met on the kitchen table where i was waiting - holding my breath!!! have a lovely evening. steven

willow said...

Luscious lipstick red! Steamy, Steven!

Golden West said...

Nice!

steven said...

hey willow!!! mmm hmmm these would be good lipstick and nail polish colours . . . . have a lovely evening at the manor. steven

steven said...

hi golden west! very!! steven

Delwyn said...

Hi Steven

I used to wear a lot of red...I must have needed the energy because it is just so full of life force ...and blood and love and passion...dynamic power...

You have captured great glimpses of this flower making me feel as if I am an ant on the petal...
I like the way that the light comes through the petals in #2 - translucent....

Happy days

Joanna said...

Steven, these photographs are just stunning. I could live inside these flowers. The fiery furnace indeed. I'm interested too in the correlation between colour, circle, and red. Something about that speaks to me.

Kathleen said...

I chuckled reading Ellen's comments. I, too, was red-challenged until my beading mentor sent me home from the bead shop with several red beads and challenged me make something. Now, I don't believe I could ever do without red.

These photos are delicious.

You see so much beauty around you, don't you Steven? Thank you for sharing it with us!

Kathleen said...

Oh, I forgot to add that I was watching an old video of Dick Cavett interview Richard Burton. Did you know that Sir Richard always wore red somewhere on his person for good luck? On the show, he wore red socks. I found that quite charming.

Kathleen said...

Oh, I forgot to add that I was watching an old video of Dick Cavett interview Richard Burton. Did you know that Sir Richard always wore red somewhere on his person for good luck? On the show, he wore red socks. I found that quite charming.

steven said...

hi delwyn, i always imagine people wear colours that express their inner energy or their wish to appear to possess a certain quality of energy. thanks for the compliments on the pictures. much of the hard work that make these images so lovely was done for me!!!!! have a lovely night by the river. steven

steven said...

hello joanna, i would love to be able to wander around inside a flower and experience the subtelties of colour and light. i wonder if the air inside is coloured? have a lovely day. steven

steven said...

hello kathleen, thanks for your comments!!!! i think that the thing with red is it has so many symbolic connotations that wearing it says a lot about the person. using too much of it in a painting says something. i like it in small splashes. it seems to draw my eyes wherever i see it. richard burton wearing red!! who knew?!!! have a lovely day. steven

Titus said...

Simply stunning photographs - I love the way form is relegated by colour.

steven said...

awww titus - thanks so much!!!! i love the blurry two at the end of the set the best right now!!! have a lovely evening. steven