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Boat Among Celestial Spheres

Almost seven months have passed since I posted #5 in the series, "Study in Colors." Early in 2013 I had attended an exhibition in Richmond, Virginia of the works of glass artist Dale Chihuly. While the earlier images I had posted in the series were reminiscent of imagined vegetation on a distant world, this one is different. For me it is evocative of boats navigating between celestial spheres.

Dale Chihuly is known to his legion of fans for the exquisite colors that he achieves in his blown glass creations. The collaboration of painters and glass blowers is not a new phenomenon. In the early 16th century, the Venetian Master Titziano (Titian) had collaborated with the glassblowers on the Island of Murano near Venice to learn about their secrets in achieving certain colors, especially the reds. Subsequently, Raphael hired away one of Titian’s assistants and his colors became more vibrant, especially the reds. Three-hundred and fifty years later, the French Impressionists were able to get their hands on oxides produced in exceedingly hot furnaces used in the Industrial Revolution. Cross fertilization of disciplines frequently leads to immense creativity.

I have been traveling a great deal lately, and have shot several thousand photos in the United States, the Middle East, Europe and the Mediterranean. But with this image, I am completing the series "Study in Colors." Photos were allowed in the exhibition, but the use of tripods was not. After this I will return to photos I have been shooting in my travels.

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