“Bridge over troubled water” ink die on glossy paper, 19”H x 13” W, 2022, $100.00
This overhead shot of a small slot canyon (located at Marble Canyon in the Canadian Rockies near route 93, west of Banff, BC) captures rapidly flowing glacial runoff, streaming through the bottom of the slot. Water, like any fluid, will take on the shape of any form of containment. Punch a whole in a full container and the fluid will immediately start its escape, to find the next space brave enough to attempt its confinement. Fluids are perhaps the most fragile of objects. In this picture, the camera’s shutter “speed” of 1/80-of-a-second was fast enough to stop the turbulence of the stream, “freezing” the water, so to speak, and hiding the rapidly shifting complex fragility of the stream’s water/air interface.
Near the center of the print is a wooden log, wedged between the vertical walls of the slot, having been trapped in place as the water’s level receded after the last storm. The log bridge, so formed, is solid enough for now. But the picture belies the bridge’s fragility. Surely this big log will be no match for the forces unleashed by the next torrent of water rising to course through the canyon. The unleashed forces will snap the log in two, as if it were a mere match stick; and, given half-a-chance, reduce it to splinters. The fragility of the log will out itself in time.