Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blackwater Backwater

Well, i seem to be on a bit of a black&white roll so here are a few more. Mostly shot around my in-laws' yard. I never have to wander too far in Nova Scotia to find beauty. 

Nova Scotia; Water; Pond
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Water; Leaf; Ice; Frost
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Water; Pond
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Water; Pond
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Seaweed; Ice; Frost
©David Sorcher 2015




Monday, March 2, 2015

Down to the Black & White Sea

Having spent so many years photographing the lush and richly saturated colors of the Nova Scotian coastline i find it interesting that i have lately been leaning towards a black & white treatment of the subject. Maybe it's just the time of year. It is certainly more difficult to ignore the pervasive, deeply saturated colors of this place at the height of the summer season. They douse the eye with their brilliance and permeate your retina with their illuminated insistence. This isn't to say that Nova Scotia is a colorless place in winter. Far for it indeed. But it is, perhaps, toned down to the point where form steps out a bit from behind it's gaudy dress and i can put aside my "chromist" tendencies for grayscale and structure.

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Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach
©David Sorcher 2015

Technically this is not the sea, but a barachois off Hirtle's Beach. This is a term used to describe a coastal lake that is separated from the ocean by a narrow strip or sand bar. Often at high tide this bar is breached and fresh water mixes with the salty sea. 

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed
©David Sorcher 2015

Hurtles has a greater variety of seaweeds than i have ever seen on any one beach anywhere. I don't know what this one is called, but i love the way i sometimes find it curled up into spiral formations. 

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed; Atlantic Ocean
©David Sorcher 2015

At the right times of tide and season these many varieties of ocean flora gather in large mounds along the shoreline creating breaks for crashing waves. 

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Lobster Trap
©David Sorcher 2015

The surf deposits many other gifts upon the shore. It is not uncommon to find old lobster traps washed up, especially after a good storm. This one came to rest in the grasses that divide the sea from the barachois.  

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed
©David Sorcher 2015

Sometimes this stuff reminds me of old, dried up umbilical cords discarded by the mother of the great briny blue herself.

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Fence; Drumlin Cliff
©David Sorcher 2015

I'm not sure how i feel about this new fence that went up along the edge of one of the sandy beach cliffs. I have photographed this particular cliff many times for is natural beauty, unfettered by the intrusions of man. Certainly it has added some interesting leading line to my composition, but i still must mourn the loss of the unspoiled and pristine landscape just a little. My wife tells me i may feel differently about this in a few years once the elements have added a proper weathering to the wood. She may well be correct about that.  

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed; Atlantic Ocean
©David Sorcher 2015

Seaweed, rocks and sand make for nice compositions of textures, form and contrast. 

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed; Atlantic Ocean: Surf
©David Sorcher 2015

Waves crash on mounds of seaweed piled as high as a person... active, fierce and alive in the dead of winter. 



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From the Sea to the Plate

Lobster as a meal did not become associated with class and wealth until well into the 20th century. Before that is was considered food fit only for the poor or lower class servants. In the right regions it was even served in prisons, often to the displeasure of the inmates. These days, of course, it generally means rather expensive dinners at fine seafood restaurants. But that doesn't always need to be the case.
The Canadian Maritimes are known for their lobster and their numbers are still abundant in the region. Even in the local supermarkets they are fairly cheap, but by taking a short drive out to the source we were able to purchase the freshest, sweetest lobsters available for only about $5.00 a pound. It also made for a great excuse for a sunrise ferry ride across the LaHave and a quick photographic expedition to one of Nova Scotia's great export industries.

Nova Scotia; LaHave River; Ferry
The Crossing ©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Boats, Boathouse; Lobsters
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Lobsters; Fishing
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Lobsters; Traps
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Boats; Lobsters
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Boathouse
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Lobster
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Lahave River; Ferry
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Lobster
©David Sorcher 2015




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Inside/Outside

This house is always a special treat for my eye whenever i am visiting Nova Scotia. It is a home away from home and base of operations for all our adventures in the Maritimes thanks to most gracious and loving hosts...but it also provides constant visual stimulation that commands my attention on a fairly regular basis. This collection from this past Christmas is pretty evenly split between DSLR and iPhone photos. Some mornings, as pictures presented themselves, i honestly couldn't be bothered to pull out the big camera between eggs and coffee. If you pay attention you can see which is which (lord, i do hope my DSLR still produces a superior quality photo), but the iPhone served perfectly for my purposes on enough occasions.
Here then is a series of images of interiors (mostly) and exteriors, inside and out. When i am here it feels like home.

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Cat
Ollie ©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Cheese; Fireplace
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Frost; Window
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Laundry
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Barn; Barndoor
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Door; Knobs
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Rocking Chair
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Cat
Ollie ©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Reading; Books
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Ship; Sailing; Painting
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Crystal; Silver
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; House; Shadow; Green; Windows, Door
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Fly
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Bed; Window; Morning
©David Sorcher 2015



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Black & Ice

Here we are almost to the middle of February and i am still mining work from my Nova Scotia Christmas trip files...and yes, there will be more to come after this.
Today i present some images from an icy visit to Risser's Beach. The bleak weather of the day seemed ideal for a black & white treatment as the cold, gray sky was sucking most of the color out of the world anyway.

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©David Sorcher 2015

©David Sorcher 2015

©David Sorcher 2015

©David Sorcher 2015

©David Sorcher 2015