Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
The winter landscape has mesmerized me. This morning, I asked myself “Why?” Is it more than the temporary purity of the white cover? The sharp, clean delft of the shining cool white against the bright blue sky? And then it was clear. All of it is about light. How the sun reflects off the snow—casts long, pastel shadows on the top—the way it makes the iced tree branches glimmer.
Unsurprisingly, it made me think of the way light is used by artists and, specifically, film artists. Strangely, though, of all the masters of film light–it was Stanley Kubrick who came to mind first. Or rather his film, “Barry Lyndon.” Well known as a great innovation because of its almost exclusive reliance on natural light sources, the other symbolism of the film took second place to the novelty. As I looked for some of the beautiful, remarkable artistic scenes from the movie, I came across a wonderful analysis of the other splendid aspects of the film in a article by Bennett Miller. Should I be left on a deserted island, forget the ice cream and leave me with a projector and cave of film.
Scene from Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon.”
Note: There seems to be problems posting images this morning. Here’s the image I’ve tried to embed.