Sailing Patio
Knoxville, Tennessee
20x24 inch mounted metallic C-print


My mother probably wishes I had never seen the patio furniture stacked and wrapped and protected for the off-season. I keep being drawn to shooting the scene year after year, and out of kindness she sometimes keeps it wrapped long past when it makes sense to do so. I've been back home as late as April, when the azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom and found the patio still wrapped. This particular version was a long exposure done in night rain, with an umbrella shielding the camera. Long exposures in rain can yield beautiful atmospherics to the scene. Because of the long exposure, you never see individual raindrops, but their cumulative effect brings a gossamer, glistening quality to the scene


©MJ Sharp / www.mjsharp.com

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