“Half-Light” and tomorrow’s UMMA visit

I enjoyed watching the  “Half-Light” vabout Michael Kenna’s work. His passion for photography is inspirational, and it shows in this video. The background music is definitely fitting when there is a montage of Kenna’s photos. Analogous to the guitar playing in background with only isngle chords,the photos are simple, yet they convey a dreamy emotion to the viewer. I totally agree with Anne Tucker when she analyzes that Kenna’s work makes the viewer imagine that she or he was experiencing that moment  when the photo is taken. When I first sawThe Rouge, I felt as if I was alone in the setting, dwarfed by the gargantuan smokestacks. It is very interesting how the photography of Kenna’s reflects his personality. As a solitary person, his photos never contain any humans. In addition, his relationship with nature is zen-like. In his work, nature, whether trees or rocks, are usually in the foreground, emphasizing the strength and permanence of nature. His “symbiotic relation” with nature is interesting. Nature opens up to him while he is taking photos of them.

 After having a preview of Kenna’s photoigraphy, I am looking forward to visit UMMA tomorrow. It is unfortuante that many students here don’t take advantage of the wonderful museums that surround them. I recently went to the Natural History Museum, and I had a fantastic time. Art museums, according to me, are best types. There is a reason why the clich “A picture is worth a thousand words” exists. Behind each image, painting, or sculpture, there is powerful message that the artist is trying to convey. Onesimply cannot take a cursory look at a peice, and find its meaning right away. Tomorrow, I look forward to be a sleuth, one that tries to find reasonable interpretations of the chef d’oeuvres surrounding me.



  1. March 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Vinay, I also love the Natural History Museum!
    Are photos allowed in there? Perhaps that could be part of your Michigan Revealed project?


  2. vinaymehra said,

    March 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Tina! I am actually planning to use the Natural Histor Museum (along with some others) for my Michigan Revealed project.

    On an unrelated note, do you know what is the link for Roman’s blog? I cannot seem to find it

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