“Geisha with Wind Tossed Hair”

A recent fantastic “Broadway musical” sunset staging of Rockette-like cloud forms in the Western Hudson Valley skies concluded with the dissolution of those phantasmagoric forms (soon to be displayed in an upcoming post) and the appearance of wispy dark veils, glowing cloud shards and a slow sinking mound of molten glowing forms.

In reviewing the take, I was reminded of a particular minimalist composition that I had spent considerable time framing with different camera orientations.  When one is playing behind the camera and composing cloudscapes, I feel it is one’s inalienable right to view the skies from whatever angle one’s child-like imagination chooses.  I do remember projecting the figure of an eye behind a veil of tossed hair, but did not make the poetic association to a Geisha until this evening’s review.  I am reminded of the “hospitality hosts” that I had seen elegantly attired and scurrying about wood and cobblestone pathways as evening fell in Kyoto, during my visit to that mysterious city in 1977.

My guess is that memory still resonates somewhere within me, and this delicate and fleeting composition of cloud forms brought it to the forefront of my awareness.



“Geisha with Wind Tossed Hair”





Following is an image of the sunset context within which the above frame was captured. It is readily apparent that my photographer’s eye was duly engaged, as the previous composition is not necessarily obvious.  Ten variations on the the scene were captured. “Something” kept me at it until my intuition was finally satisfied.  The ninth and tenth captures anchor that minimalist “portrait.”  I was very pleased to not be disappointed by the results, as there are never any guarantees.  Often photographic results do not live up to the emotional charge one felt at the moment of capture.  Not this time.



There is a “Geisha” hiding in that scene.




n    o    t    e  :

It had been a while since I had seen an image of a Geisha.  A quick google search landed two images that echo the association I had made to the “tossed hair,” though “my Geisha” has apparently faced some pretty strong air currents.

. . . . . . . . .

Images captured:   07.20.2010   |   Woodstock, NY

©  2010  George J Nicholson  All Rights Reserved   |  Logo Concept   |   Images   |   Commentary

*  Images referenced here may be subject to copyright.  Sources:  Left ;  Right

**  This blog holds no commercial value and is published for educational and recreational purposes only, with gratitude to the Internet community and generous organizations and entities such as WordPress that encourage free, wholesome and creative exchange

The photographic imagery appearing within this blog is protected by copyright law. Downloading images, distribution and reproduction of any nature with “commercial intent” without prior written permission of the copyright holder are strictly prohibited. Exceptions will be made in instances of inclusion within excerpts and reviews
of this blog and its author’s work.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s