Cloud Photographs. Equivalent to what?

I can’t really say why I photograph anything as I wander.  Something appeals or grabs me.  The photographs here weren’t taken as a project they have been culled from images taken since 2011.  I was inspired to put them together by the quote below from Haruki Murakami in his book IQ84.

‘He spent day after day feeling uneasy and muddled, liken someone who had swallowed a thick swatch of cloud’

Alfred Stieglitz made a series of cloud pictures a long time ago.  He called them Equivalents  a rather pretentious title I think, they’re clouds!  Some people talk about them as being the first ever abstract photographs.  I don’t think they are, in fact I don’t really understand how you can have an abstract photograph really. At best they are details of a real concrete subject.  Here is a link to a bunch of Stieglitz’s clouds

Here is a bunch of my cloud pictures. Click them to see them bigger and or a slideshow.




“I can tell Bob Dylan in an instant,” she said. “Because his harmonica’s worse than Stevie Wonder?” She laughed again. Nice to know I could still make someone laugh. “No, I really like his voice,” she said. “It’s like a kid standing at the window watching the rain.”

Haruki Murakami, from Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

When I read this yesterday it got me thinking about rain. So here is a collection of pictures of rain.

I am fortunate in that I have a Lumix Panasonic G9 camera and a 3 lenses that are weatherproof.  An Olympus 17mm f1.2, a Leica 12mm f1.4 and an Olympus f2.8 60mm macro lens.  In the past I have used sandwich bags to protect my cameras and lenses.  Put the camera in a resealable camera bag with a filter.  Pull the bag tight over the lens and screw the filter back on so that it cuts a hole in the bag.  You can then attach a lens hood to keep rain off the front of the filter.  Don’t go swimming with it.  I once did experience a freak downpour with a Canon 5D and this setup and the camera was fucked up to the tune of several hundred quid but insurance paid out for it.  The picture below is my Lumix GX9 and Olympus 17mm 1.8 lens.



If you are wondering about the strap, its shock cord you can buy from outdoor shops.  There will be a blog about my straps soon.

Here are some of my rain pictures taken with various equipment including mobile phones. Click on any picture to enlarge it and then scroll through. If you look below the pictures you will see metadata with details of equipment.