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Chapter 9. Water

The Elixir of Life—Simultaneously Gentle and Threatening

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Every search for photographic subjects leads sooner or later to the four elements. Earth, Fire, and Water offer an almost limitless range of opportunities, while Air is a more difficult theme to address visually. Earth is ubiquitous on land, fire is often a bringer of danger, and water is generally perceived as the fount of all life. A photo series that addresses water’s gentle side can quickly turn up a number of sub-themes that are wide-ranging enough to become main themes of their own, such as streams, rivers, waterfalls, the ocean, or even rain, with its accompanying puddles and raindrops.

Wind brings movement, and thus texture, to the otherwise smooth surfaces of seas or lakes. Water also plays a significant role in public life, in the form of fountains, ornamental pools, and irrigation systems for public parks. In a private context, water can be found in garden ponds, wading pools, private swimming pools, and watering systems. Faucets, basins, and watering cans are just some of the many peripheral objects that are associated with water and that form a part of the overall theme.


  

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