cLo sE

cLo sE

“close” is not humidity.

humidity is the moisture level in the air and in Arkansas, the humidity level is nearly as high as the Fahrenheit temperatures, which begin rising in February and anytime between May and September are likely to hover over the 90 degree Fahrenheit mark.

“close” is seeing the growth of trees, grasses, weeds, insects, birds, etc., grow and multiply before your eyes.

it’s oppressive.

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.
— Robert Frank said that

Comments (18):

  1. ....peter:)

    Jul 11, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    i love this image of the old southern mansion framed through the trees Sherri…
    we have had quite a few days of what you call “close” this year in June and July…
    we have lived next to the lake for 12 years and the house was always cool with a breeze except for a day or two over the summer.
    we actually purchased an conditioner this month… and some say that global warming is a hoax….peter:)

  2. Steven

    Jul 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Beautiful framing of these covered porches by the foliage! Your description of the humidity makes it hard to breathe. 🙂

    • sherri

      Jul 11, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      yes, the humidity is bad, the heat is bad, but worse for me is the “closeness” of all the growth. that’s what i find oppressive nearly to the point of claustrophobia. it all just grows and grows and the insects multiple. one must wave their hand back and forth as they enter or exit a home to keep things from flying in. it all encroaches on humanity.

  3. Barbara Thomas

    Jul 11, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Your photo and description sounds so “Southern”. I get it.

  4. Steve

    Jul 11, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I grew up in the Midwest where the summers, especially August, were terribly humid. It’s one of many reasons I’m glad to be far away from there.

  5. jpla

    Jul 12, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Un momznt difficile à passer. Jolie prise

  6. Ginnie

    Jul 12, 2019 at 12:45 am

    When you can SEE it, it’s really bad, Sherri, I know. Years ago (when I was maybe 20) I was in a women’s glee club and traveled to Florida for concerts. It was so humid I thought I would faint! And the mosquitoes were horrendous. I’ll never forget it. I can’t imagine how you get through it year after year?!

  7. Elaine K

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:48 am

    your treatment of the photo reminds me of a postage stamp, which in turn reminds me of the artist husband in the movie ‘Fargo’ where he won the place on a 2 cent stamp i think… i’m very associative lol
    nice work, sister

  8. Willem

    Jul 12, 2019 at 4:37 am

    All this has to do with climate change, but not according to your president.

  9. grouser

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Close is proximity which can be nice in the right circumstances 🙂
    Nicely composed image

  10. Nicolas Amherd

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Ce blanc de la façade voilée par la végétation fantastique cadrage
    Belle soirée

  11. Harry

    Jul 12, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Ah yes, the humidity. You can almost see it between you and the mansion. I hope you didn’t nave to wipe off your lens before shooting.

  12. ruthiebear

    Jul 13, 2019 at 8:08 am

    A beautiful and charming image. I do not find the growth oppressive. But I do find the humidity oppressive.

  13. Elizabeth Buckalew

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    A lovely photo – the treatment is perfect for the subject! I understand your feelings about “close”-ness!

  14. Bill Phillips

    Jul 16, 2019 at 1:53 am

    What a handsome building Sherri. Temperatures in the 90s fill me with horror!

  15. Ayush

    Jul 17, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    i like the framing of this colonial sort of a building through the trees, Sherri

  16. Anita Bower

    Jul 20, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    What strikes me in this and the prior image is how each has a subtle color or tint throughout–this one green, the next one blue. I don’t know how you achieve this, but I very much like the effect. Lovely composition here. And, light!


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