The Creek’s Edge


Creek-E(motion)-2Here we are at the edges again. The creek overflowing onto the rich earth, buds swelling on the tips of branches, patchy tufts of green grass, the sun falling away. This sepia-toned world won’t last too long now.

I had trouble finding a way to mark this particular transition but I kept working at it. A single image wasn’t working so I made some in-camera double exposures. One frame with movement and one without. Sort of like layering a quick sketch and a detailed drawing. Somehow this came closer to capturing the allure of the in-between.

Today is Earth Day, and many of the same issues that fueled the first Earth day in 1970 are just as immediate as they were 44 years ago. We are still on the edges of possibility.

© Karen McRae, 2014

83 thoughts on “The Creek’s Edge

  1. These are stunning images.

    They are profoundly still and in motion at the same moment. You have captured not just the edge of the creek and the season but the edge of one moment passing into another. This ‘liminality’, being on the threshold of one thing and another, shouts about possibility and change. That is so hard to do in a photo but you’ve done it beautifully. I do mundane reportage but you do sublime reportage!

    I really like the way you craft your images to transform the vision/wish of what you want to create into a complete work.

  2. Hi Karen! Seeing the top image here on Freshly Pressed really impressed me, and seeing it again now, larger and more at my leisure, I’m even more impressed. Looking at it as a whole, rather than considering its component parts, it strikes me as painterly and mysterious, and almost pallid too. I love the combination of the pale, misty blue-greys and the various browns. For me, this is right up there with the very best things you’ve done – congratulations! Adrian

  3. Very inspiring shots (again). I like the density, the power of those pictures to have color and light transformed into sounds and smells when I look at them for a good while.

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