Possibility. Opportunity. Potential. As another year gets underway, let’s celebrate the new. (For more information, go here!)

My NEW photograph is one I took a week or so ago as 2014 began to dwindle away into another winter day. It was a photograph of Roxy Paine’s 56 foot tall stainless steel sculpture of a barren tree (Placebo) standing on a hillside next to the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art. I’ve seen the work every time I’ve visited the museum and photographed it uncounted times more. But this winter afternoon as the sun was beginning to set I saw the work in a new way.New

Except for the evergreen trees that stood to either side, it was as barren as the other trees in the surrounding forest. But it stood there gleaming in the fading winter sun offering hope of warmer times to come. Like I said, I had photographed it many times before. But every time before it had always been from a different point of view that showed the work standing alone. This was the first time I had photographed it as part of the forest that shared its hillside.  It made a big difference.


About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on January 4, 2015, in Weekly Photo Challenge and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. One of the joys of art: seeing something new in it all the time. How it changes and influences our perspective. How our perspective changes it. Art is a living and interactive force.

    • And most people think it is a dead tree that has been painted silver. New fact: museum workers have to regularly cover the base of the tree with bowling ball wax to keep dogs from peeing on it.

      • So the phrase “everybody’s a critic” applies to our canine friends, too.

        Don’t know if you saw my post a while back on the Spencer Quinn series about Chet the dog. I think you would love them if they’re not already on your e-reader. I was going to use the phrase “the nation within” on this comment, but then I realized if you hadn’t read the books, you wouldn’t know what I mean.

      • Actually, I uploaded Dog On It last fall as part of my birthday gift cards, but haven’t started reading it yet. I also haven’t reviewed Best Gay Romances yet. (Loved it!) Also congrats on making the Lammy Finals. You and Tim edited two great collections last year.

  2. Thank you so much!

    I’m all caught up on the Chet series now. I need another one!

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