“Caribbean Canopy” by Erickson E. Kloock
As the weatherman informs me that the thermometer is dropping below 20 degrees (Fahrenheit) this week with wind chills well into single digits, it felt like a good time to dip into my collection of spotlight candidates to pull out something from warmer climates. This photo, Caribbean Canopy by Erickson Emerson Kloock (VisArG), hits the spot. Kloock's photo is, of course a fantastic photo – and I will speak to that of course – but I have an ulterior motive for sharing this photo: It is the perfect way to demonstrate the power of a photograph.
When it comes to sensory memory, visual memory is far down the list behind all other senses where the sense of smell and hearing is far superior. But when it comes to striking up thoughts outside of our memories – thoughts of places or situations that we were not a part of – the sense of sight is king. So while it may be quite cold outside, Kloock's photograph strikes up thoughts of warmer places. Photographs have such power. They are capable of creating moods. People will smile after seeing a photograph – even if it's not humorous in nature. Somewhere in the back of our photographers' minds, we are well aware of this – and it serves as a driving force behind our craft. There is of course the old saying: A Picture is worth a thousand words. There's a lot of truth to that. Never underestimate the power of your photos. Kloock's photo is an example of such power. I feel warmer already.
Silhouette photographs are fairly common with portraits, but not so common with architectural structures. It's not that structures are uninteresting as silhouettes – it's that structures aren't always close to wide open spaces where a sunset would appropriate set the scene. In the case of this photograph, Kloock chose a quaint little grass-hut of sorts in a beach setting. The sun creates a nice little halo around the tip of the roof, but the reflection off the water is doing the heavy lifting when it comes to the back-light. This an important detail as without the extra glow from the water's reflection, this shot would fail as a decent silhouette photo. I also appreciate the fact that Kloock chose to display this photograph in black & white. Choosing black & white may have sacrificed the beautiful colors that we can only imagine were present. But it helped to pop the contrast in the clouds and show the definition in the posts and rails along the deck. In color, the drama in the sky would have been missed. So kudos to Kloock for seeing beyond the color.
You can view Caribbean Canopy on Flickr, of course, where you can share your thoughts and comments. Erickson E. Kloock continues to share his work through his Flickr Photostream; he's got a lot of great photos to share.