“There are no new ideas – only new ways of making them felt.” Audre Lorde
A male trumpeter swan and his mate were migrating north in late winter and chose to wait out a snowstorm on our pond. It was the first time we’d ever had swans.
I spent the entire day shooting and got some keeper images including this sequence of the male fanning his wings. At first, I was trying to decide which one to frame and then it dawned on me that I had a beautiful motion study. It reminded me of Muybridge’s studies from the late 1800s which I had often referenced in my work as an animator. But these swan shots were also stand alone, great images.
At first I arranged them side by side and had as many as six frames. Then the light bulb went off and I melded them into one.
Ever since then I’ve kept an eye out for “Muybridge moments.”