Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

“Ah, mais c’est Anglais ca,” he murmured, “everything in black and white, everything clear cut and well defined. But life, it is not like that, Mademoiselle. There are things that are not yet, but which cast their shadow before.” ― Agatha Christie, The Mystery of the Blue Train

Great writers and photographers are masters of foreshadowing…those subtle hints of the past or future events in the present moment.

The official end of winter.  Ice out.  April, 2010.  Lake Winnepesaukee, NH

The official end of winter. Ice out. April, 2010. Lake Winnepesaukee, NH

But this is also true in every day life.  As our physicist friends remind us, time and space are a continuum.  In the present moment there are vestiges of the past and hints of the future.   Great artists can infuse their work with this knowledge.  That’s why Michelangelo’s David is holding the slingshot  just moments before he cast the first stone at Goliath.  His muscles are tense, ready for battle.   Even though we know the outcome, we can engage with the statue on many levels, adding layers of meaning and depth to our appreciation of the work.

As I learn photography, I am searching for these “golden” moments that tell a story and reflect time in multiple layers.  The first photo reflects the transition from winter to spring.  I took that shot on my stomach, hanging off the end of a pier on our dock on Lake Winnepesaukee.  The second photo, taken also on the lake, foreshadows a summer storm minutes before the first raindrops fall.  My son took the third shot in California as a storm raced across the desert. And finally, at the end of summer, children play on a replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s bronze horse at Meijer Gardens, which hints at motion, even though the statue can’t possibly move.  Do any of these  photos signify “foreshadowing” to you?   If so, which one?

Minutes before the summer storm, Lake Winnepesaukee

Minutes before the summer storm, Lake Winnepesaukee

"Desert Photo" taken by Alex Moed with his Canon 60D.

“Desert Photo” taken by Alex Moed with his Canon 60D.

Leonardo's Horse

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