The Way I See Things


Mono Monday: Air

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

William Shakespeare
The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1 

You can't of course photograph air; you can photograph things in the air (clouds, planes, birds), things being wafted about by the movement of air (clouds again, flags), or the effect of air inside something else (balloons, the froth on the top of a designer coffee). All of these were considered, and some of them were tried - mostly without conspicuous success, though I did quite like this shot of the flag over Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall.

But in the end, knowing notowennewitt's love of the theatre, I decided to go for the Shameless Sucking Up Award by posting this shot of the Swan Theatre in Stratford, with the clouds wafting through the air above it and the sun shining benevolently down upon the air around it.

The figures decorating the lamp-post are Bottom from A Midsummer Night's Dream  and Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof . There's some information about the lamp post here, if you're interested.

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