I have spoken about the long shadows of a New England winter. It is now March and near the equinox. The sun is higher and in its own way casts long shadows bathed in a warming light. It is a special time of year. It is important to remember that all times of year are a simple gift to us. One unique feature of a March light in northern climates is that when the sun is low it is unimpeded by trees, which have yet to put on summers leaves.
I was struck on Saturday morning by the bright rays of light entering my kitchen and the long shadows cast. So I experimented with a few photographs that my mind created. First is Figure 1, which I call “Long shadows with simple gifts” in honor of the Shaker like forms of the table legs on hardwood floors. It seemed to call for a slight warm tone to emphasize the warmth of the light and to recall the original color of the wood. Figure 2, I entitle “Long shadows with tomatoes.” I was really struck with the curious shadow cast by the handle of the kitchen faucet. I left it strictly in black and white.
I would rate these as almost successful. With Figure 1, I did not quite achieve the effect that I wanted. But every photograph is a learning experience. And I guess that it is important to recognize that tomatoes can be glorious even in black and white.