Tosin’s Images & Anecdotes (TIAA) is my self-assigned photography challenge of 2022. The immediate objective is to select one image from my inventory (a cityscape, landscape, portrait, oddity, etc.) each week and write something about it. This “something” could be the story behind the photo, a triggered memory in relation to the photo, or simply a reaction or reflection based on the subject matter featured. The long-term objective is to encourage myself to add more content to “La Vue Atypique”, which celebrates its first decade in publication this year.
What can I say about the photograph above?
Sometimes, an image truly does take your breath away, both figuratively and literally. There’s an immeasurable magic in the moment that is challenging to depict or translate into words.
The image above was captured from the balcony of my home in Seattle, which faces the eastern horizon dominated by the jagged, mystifying, and majestic Cascade mountain range. Although this photograph was captured 13 years ago, I must testify that I am almost always mesmerized by the sun’s emergence over the mountains (or in any location, to be honest).
I liken the experience to a theater performance of which the earth is a stage, and all the characters and players have painstakingly prepared for the play’s “guest star” (pun completely intended).
There’s an undeniable command of attention when the sun debuts each day, especially on clear and/or dramatic mornings. The statement is absolute: “I am here,” or “I have arrived.”
No other words are necessary because the fact is so indisputably evident to any witness watching.
For several moments, I am just entranced at its entrance, watching in silent awe. Sometimes, the appearance is so stellar (the joy of puns), it would be folly to not obtain my camera. This October morning was that kind of moment. Combined with the special effects on the landscape (courtesy of Mother Nature’s looming fog over the city), this was a scene meant to be ingrained into memory.
Day to day, the delivery of this performance never gets dull or tedious.
Its enchanting enigma is eternal.
Behold the sun.
39 articles down for the TIAA challenge. 13 remain!