Two rocks fill the frame of this photograph. The left and right rocks are separated by a crack in the yellow and dusty grey-purple ground. The rocks are composed of tiny grains and sit in a sandy valley. The light violets, warm browns, and dusty greys of the image harmonize the photo in light of its still, quiet subjects.
Culverwell’s tightly cropped, poetically composed, near-monochromatic image may constitute an homage to Edward Weston, the pioneer of modern photography who maintained a home for two decades near the depicted site, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California, where Weston honed his skills as a landscape photographer. In Culverwell’s photograph, the positioning of the stones at the edge of the frame, and the camera’s focus on the crack that runs between them, captures a sense of impassable distance between the two similar, geographically proximate, objects. Culverwell, who majored in art and the history of art at Amherst College, made time for photography amid a busy career in personal computer and medical publishing, technology-based business consulting, and online career-management services.
abstract; nature; rocks; contemplation
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