Working fast with melting ice

March 12, 2019 in About my arttopics:

Every year, there are only one or two precious days were the conditions are just right for these beautiful ice sculptures to form on the deck just outside my kitchen. We first need to get a heavy enough snowfall, so that snow collects in heaps and mounds on everything in sight. Then the day needs to warm just enough for the precipitation to briefly turn to rain, quickly preserving the fallen snow under a hardened shell.

I then have to move fast, for I usually only have a short amount of time to photograph these sculptures until they break apart or melt away. I often take hundreds of pictures, trying every angle and lighting condition I can, as they transform before my eyes. I then come back to the warmth of my studio, and work through all the photographs, exploring what I found.

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