Photographer Alison Harris spent six years photographing the sky from her window in Italy. The result is a series of photographs that gradually evolved into A Window in the Sky, an exhibition at Spaziotemporaneo gallery in Milan. It also became a simple, contemplative practice that we can all easily do.
I saw these skyscapes over a period of six years from a window that overlooks the Mediterranean. Standing at this window I became immersed in an open-ended spectacle of light. In the editing process a sequence emerges referring to the passage of time. It is a study of light, and reflects my emotional response to what I am seeing. I juxtapose images to find a rhythm between shapes, colors and plays of light.
Standing at the window is a way of being still and attentive to what is at hand.
Alison put together seven skyscapes for Improvised Life, to be published in a specific order. Each is identified by the date and time she saw them. The first, at top, is from August 1, 2015 at 20:18.
For us they are a reminder of the extraordinarily varied and rather miraculous changes going on all around us, if, if we can find a way to be still and attentive to what is at hand. It only takes a moment.
4 replies on “Alison Harris’ Skyscapes: “Being Attentive to What is At Hand””
“..if we can find a way to be still and attentive..”
Funny how stillness,
can create such powerfull energy,…
is it an eruption?
Contradictions seem to thrive
Thanks for Monday.
Alison, these are extraordinary still lives, they are material, sensual, metaphysical, and just simply gorgeous to ponder. I love how much you have worked with time, trusting that time would bring you what you would need. Thank you!
What beautiful skyscapes — sensitive, intelligent. They bring awareness to us. As Gabrielle Cody remarks (above), they are working with time.
Beautiful photographs, Alison! The view from that window is always inspiring. Wish I could see your show. All the best,