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THE OFFICIAL BLOG OF FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER KEITH DOTSON

Tiny Landscapes and Fleeting Moments — Photographing the Ethereal

Tiny Landscapes and Fleeting Moments — Photographing the Ethereal

The grand sweep of a lifetime is made up of countless vague impressions, forgotten moments, and unnoticed instances of beauty. Think about all the glances you make away from a single conversation. Consider all the tiny dust particles you’ve seen dancing in sunbeams, or raindrops gathering at the swooping tip of a flower petal, or the shower of gold and crimson leaves that fall from the trees every autumn.

The miracle of photography is that it can preserve a fraction of a second forever. The job of the artist is to recognize which fractions of time and slices of emotion should be preserved. While many photographers shoot images that are grand, vivid with color, exciting, bold or even frightening, my photographs are quiet, meditative, subtle. While some photographers shoot with an exclamation mark (!), my work is more like an ellipsis ( . . . ), the little spaces in between the big moments.


It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country. ¹

— Bill Brandt



Zen Photography - Feather on Cardboard, black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Click the photo to buy a print.
Zen Photography – Feather on Cardboard, black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Click the photo to buy a print.
Pond Ice Abstract Composition No. 1, a black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Buy a fine art print.
Pond Ice Abstract Composition No. 1, a black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Buy a fine art print.
Row of Raindrops, black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Buy a print.
Row of Raindrops, black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Buy a print.
Two Against the Wind - Black and White Photograph of a Pair of Stems in Winter. Buy a print.
Two Against the Wind – Black and White Photograph of a Pair of Stems in Winter. Buy a print.
Bird's Nest in Snow, black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Buy a fine art print.
Bird’s Nest in Snow, black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Buy a fine art print.
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on Thistle, black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Buy a fine art print.
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on Thistle, black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Buy a fine art print.
Black and White Photograph of Prairie Seeds. Buy a fine black and white print.
Black and White Photograph of Prairie Seeds. Buy a fine black and white print.
Four Raindrops on a Branch, black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Buy a print.
Four Raindrops on a Branch, black and white photograph by Keith Dotson. Buy a print.

Source:

  1. Bill Brandt, Camera in London, The Focal Press, London 1948, p.14

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~Keith

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