Photographer's Note

Like an imagined vegetation on a distant world, Chihuly's blown glass sparkles with intense colors. At an exhibition several years ago in Richmond, Virginia, I had the opportunity to photograph the artwork using three different cameras — an iPhone4, a Nikon Coolpix s600, and a more elaborate Nikon D200. The glass was illuminated by floodlights and simultaneously illuminated from inside. The best photo, I thought, was this one with the pocket Nikon s9300. For scale, the rowboat is a full size, approximately 4 meters in length.

From my earlier note about the artist, 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 will put this photo into a personal theme I created a few years ago called Symphony of Colors. The expression, "Symphony of colors," is the way the great Expressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Théo, described the works of French landscape artist Jules Dupré (1811-1889). Van Gogh's words are also appropriate in describing the still life depicted here.

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