Sunday, July 19, 2009

Glendalough - the Supremacy of Fresh Water

For this shot in Glendalough I rested the camera on the rail of the bridge and gave it a slow shutter speed. Such a procedure gives the water the gloopy look that I like. It seems to roll over the stones and into a womb-like space in the woods. This is what Bachelard would call violent water - and it's fresh, so psychoanalysts can all be happy. Perhaps the nicest aspect of the river is that it can be heard. You can hardly ignore the sound of a fast flowing river. The river, the stream, the cascade have sounds that can be understood naturally, says Bachelard in Water and Dreams. It would be pleasant just to sit by this river and listen to it speak.