The sky is a metaphor for the mind. These pictures use the sky as a canopy and stage, where man competes with nature for light and air. Looking up physically creates a larger visual space in which we can imagine our existence. The blueness of the sky, random clouds and the heat of the sun are poetic and healing natural elements. The subjects float in mid-space, where the sky is the predominantly featured picture plane.
Many of these pictures are structured with very traditional compositional values, inspired by intuitive, natural proportions of color, form and general harmony. The horizon line, either actual or implied, along with the wide format print, surrounds the viewer with an exaggerated peripheral view that heightens the drama of the center subject.
In MIAMI BEACH CLOUD ON 5th STREET, the center drama is in the negative space between the two objects that make up the picture. The fast-moving, ethereal cloud, bearing down on the man-made, mini-city, creates contrasts of color and form. The metaphor of the cloud, fog, mist, etc. creates a visual haiku.