Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Backyard Tragedies-Spirit

The work of a fine art photographer is not always about capturing or creating that single image. Sometimes one must create a body of work to express the ideas one has artistically.  A couple years ago I set out to capture the backyard like it should not be imagined.  My plan was to set up different types of accidents and tragedies in everyday backyards.  The image here is called 'Spirit.'  If you look into the ever so calm pool a white orb rests.  There are cars in the driveway, the lights are on in the house, but the gate to the pool has been left open.  Something has happened here, but there is no crime scene.  In my backyard images, there are no people, there is no blood, there is only our imagination to put the pieces together.  This image was selected into the 'Trick of the Light' exhibit at Manifest Galleries in Cincinnati in December 2007.

With these thoughts in mind and as spring surrounds us as people start preparing for the opening their pools, consider any hazards you can fix now while we are having this great weather, to keep your kids and family safe.  Posted by Francis J. Michaels

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