Today I picked American Photographer Alfred Stieglitz 1864-1946 specifically Equivalents part of his cloud series. I love the way that Steiglitz used the cloud as a metaphor for his mood at the time the pictured was captured. It seems that I am getting used to this pandemic way of life and and managing my ephemeral moods.
from The Art Story
Stieglitz's cloud series - Equivalents - captured ephemeral formations in the sky. This photo is divided between dark, black clouds on the left and bright sky on the right. Without context, the subject seems difficult to pinpoint, though Stieglitz intended the series to be an exploration of his changing mental state, with each shot of the sky representing an equivalent of his mood at the time the picture was captured. One of his more revered later works, the series is also the high point of abstraction in his career.
"Emerging first in the milieu of Pictorial photography, Stieglitz sought to gain recognition for his medium by producing effects that paralleled those found in other fine arts such as painting. Many of his peers resorted to elaborate re-touching to create an impression of the handmade, but Stieglitz relied more on compositional effects and mastery of tone, often concentrating on natural effects such as snow and steam to create qualities similar to those of the Impressionists."
"I have a vision of life, and I try to find equivalents for it in the form of photographs." Alfred Stieglitz