Falling Water

The sound of moving water has a universal appeal.

From raindrops to streams to fountains, there’s a never-ending symphony of sound that can calm the spirit.

Water in pictures can provide a similar effect, regardless of the medium. Painting, sculpture, and photography can call to mind the sounds of water that we all have stored in memories.

Some of my earliest color photography was a series of barges and deckhands on the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois. When I got the slides back from the lab, I nearly fell out of my chair because the muddy river water was a Caribbean blue.

The pleasing color was the water reflecting an autumnal sky. It was a great lesson for me to keep my eyes and ears open for the elemental.

This portrait, taken in Orlando, was created late in the day when the sun was highlighting the falling water of the fountain. At this moment, I had the dual experience of sight and sound.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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