Balance, 2020.
Photograph on polyvinyl chloride on wood.
Edition of 25

In a world moment when decisions, viewpoints, policies and messaging often lean to the extremes we only have to look to the natural world to appreciate a different reality: balance. Balance or maintenance of an equilibrium is not only essential to life but key to the systems that support it.

So it is with a rainbow. All the colors blending and balancing to create a singular moment. Spectacular in its moment and in its inevitable brevity.

When this picture was taken it had just rained. Leaves were wet and shiny, the soil was dark and the smell of recent moisture reverberated from earth and stone.

At home in the Upper Valley admiring the sunset, the thick gray cloud shelf overhead let no light through until the last moment when the sun dipped below that layer into a slice of sky on the western horizon. We turned around as clear scarlet light made its way through that gap and illuminated the craggy Topa Topa face in an even more vivid color than the famous moment the valley is known for.

Above that illumination, a perfect and full rainbow.

And then it was gone.

God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us – in the dreariest and 

most dreaded moments – can see a possibility of hope.

– Maya Angelou