A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart

A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart

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A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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abwx More than 1 year ago
Simple Pleasures. A few weeks ago I spotted "A Year of Mornings" on the spine of a book at the Barnes & Noble store, and immediately was reminded of those photo sequences which show the same scene repeated over and over again in different seasons, different lighting, different moods. As soon as I pulled it out, I knew that that was not at all what the book was, both from the images on the cover and from the subtitle "3191 Miles Apart." But in many ways, the book is better and more substantial than I had hoped, and better and more substantial than one might think from a first glance. The book is 236 diptychs (paired photographs) taken by two different - but very compatible - women who live 3191 driving miles apart, and set themselves a task of each taking an early morning photograph without consulting on the subject matter, then sharing them, inspired by how a pair of photographs they had coincidentally posted online the same day worked so well together. They shared them not only with each other, but with the Internet world via a blog, and found they were striking a note with a wide readership. This book deserves an even wider readership. That would be visual readership, since there is no text in the main body of the book, only in the forward, introduction, and index. The latter being the photographs repeated as thumbnails, and occasionally accompanied by comments from the blog readers. I wish there were more of the latter, and some comments by the authors as well. One wonders about the circa 130 missing days. Some are explained as a necessary break for family reasons. If the others are explained, I either missed it or my mind lost that memory. Did they work badly together? I would have liked to have seen all the pairs, even the bad ones, included in the index. The main body of the book probably works better with just the selection. That main body certainly is an esthetic pleasure, with the pairs presented in various sizes and numbers per page spread, unaccompanied by text, having a very quiet, misting morning effect, both from the content and from the desaturated color of photographs well-printed on uncoated paper. A very effective antidote to the over-saturated color of so many photographs published nowadays. The title had also resonated for me with my favorite movie, Krzysztof Zanussi's "A Year of the Quiet Sun," and perhaps there is also some compatiblity in visual character. I think it is possible that this book is changing my life: I immediately begin taking early morning photographs. First from my early misconception of our back yard from our back door - it took a few days to achieve the best framing, but since then has only varied by the anomalies of a casual hand-held camera. Then something more along the line of what is in the book: quiet everyday still-lifes, selective views of routine parts of our everyday living spaces. Everyday some everydays. As I get older, I lose confidence in my ability to overcome my mental disabilities. I no longer can make day-trips by myself into the mountains or across to the dryland canyons and sage steppes. Someday, perhaps sooner perhaps later, I will not be able to drive myself to nearby parks or beaches. This book will continue to remind me that I won't need to depend on the assistance of others to find simple pleasures. Simple pleasures are close to home.
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