March 20, 2014
day for night – the vernal equinox
Today, the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away nor towards the sun. And the sun rose exactly in the east
and it will set exactly in the west. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning equal night.
horizontal 2by4s, vertical fence planks, angular fig-trees, straight redwood, gnarly pine trunk and 6by6 wolmanizeds
The above image is so complex that I had to use it. I’m shooting manual, because it was the only way to get the Buddha in focus and produce a deep perspective. The flowerbed in the back and on the right holds the bulbs I planted last fall: they stir in the cold earth: but the fleur de lis, under the Buddha, wont wake for another month. Yesterday I saw the first sprouts, I think they’re crocus. The snowdrops take a year to become established so, I may not have any flowers this year.
The post-title is from Truffaut’s La nuit américaine and I’m using it to suggest an equal length of day and night. (The French expression nuit américaine – American night – refers to a technical process where scenes filmed outdoors in daylight are shot using artificial light or infrared film-stock and then underexposed or dimmed during post production to appear as if the scenes are taking place at night. In the English-speaking world the film is known as Day for Night, which is the English expression for the process.)