My new favorite



by Sue Dawson

I KNOW. How’d she get this shot?

Here’s what Alison said when I asked her that very question: “Can you hold on a second?”

You see, I’m writing this while Alison’s hanging this print on the main wall of the gallery. It’s face-mounted to plexi, backed by metal, and framed in a floater frame. We (that’s the royal we) need to screw cleats into the wall at the perfect spot. Our little gallery walls are all wonky, and not square. So it’s a challenge. 

I waited and asked again – How’d you get this shot?

“It’s a location that I didn’t even notice for years, living on the Island. There’s something about driving past it every single day, seeing it in all different weather conditions, different light, that over time became a bellwether. These days I’m addicted to this spot. The work I’m doing now is so subtle – in terms of color, quality of light – that I really started keying into the tiniest changes. The jetty is visible from the road, so I get an instantaneous read on all of the subtleties of wind, weather, and tide.

On that particular day, it was a combination of rough water, a midway tide, a storm cloud hanging overhead, and a little clearing on the horizon, that caught my attention. I acted quickly, as the conditions are always in flux. It took me all of three minutes to set up and shoot, and this is the result. If I didn’t check in so frequently, I’d have missed the nuances that make this photograph work.”

We’re hanging an all-new show tonight, for our Arts District Stroll tomorrow evening (Saturday, July 7, from 4 to 7pm). We’ll be serving food inspired by the 4th of July. We’re excited that my dad will be here to sign his new book of poetry – Alison took photos for the book, and I designed it. It’s truly been a labor of love all around, and is full of beautiful, thought-provoking poetry.

I think it’s time to crank up the Stevie Wonder – looks like it’ll be a long night… 🙂

4 Responses

  1. Bruce Hicks says:

    So wish we could be there! Love this shot!!

  2. Anita Krichmar says:

    What an incredibly moving piece to rock the house for your Arts District
    Stroll. Wish we were there to enjoy it up close and personal. Hope some time soon. Enjoy that Stevie Wonder intro music for inspiration. I’m looking forward to seeing Sue’s Dad’s and Alison’s collaboration on the poetry volume.
    Have a great time tomorrow,

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