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weather spell Images by Bill Sosin


“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”

—Georgia O’Keeffe


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What began as a spontaneous shot taken whimsically through the car windscreen on a rainy day in Chicago expanded into an ongoing investigation into ephemeral aspects of the city.

weather spell Suddenly impressionistic umbrella studies; images of shadowy smokers exiled from non-smoking office buildings; figures emerging from arcades of neon; vehicles engulfed in avalanches of snow, and wandering, isolated silhouettes reveal something about the irrevocable influence of the elements and the paradoxical loneliness of the metropolis.


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Lights and color meld into water and glass, bending perception, creating a fantasia, a new shore of intrigues.


“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.”

—Diane Arbus


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“...upon first glance it seems Bill Sosin takes a laissez-faire approach to his abstractions. With further scrutiny, however, one can see the careful construction of color and shape glazed over beautifully muddled stories. Sosin walks a thin line between letting the light be his guide and exerting control over his photographic space, and this push and pull is an enjoyable thing to experience.”

—Rebecca Leib / art ltd, May 2010 review, DNJ Gallery, LA


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“Pictorialist photography takes a sharp turn from its traditional dreamy, pastoral, laid-back soft-focus sensibility and goes urban and aggro, while retaining its trademark blur...” “Whether Bill Sosin decides to title 26

one of his glaring color abstractions “Blue Man” or his aptly named “Stop Lights,” in which we see blinding circles of light on dark backgrounds through a watery mist, bringing us back to the experience of navigating a car through blazing city lights at night in a thick rain..." ­—Michael Weinstein / New City


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© 2006 / 2018 Bill Sosin www.billsosin.com Weather Spell Volume 1, Number 1 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without the expressed written permission of the publisher. Designed and produced by Bill Sosin. Chicago

3 Avenue 5 Sky Story 6 Cold Shoulder 7 Driving Rain 9 Bella Figura 10 Local Color 12 Lady In Shades 13 Plaza 14 Current Thinking / Lady In Green 15 Rain Wise 16 Checker and Yellow Cabs 17 Boulevard 18 The Drift 19 Man In Lights 20 Walkabout 22 White Van 23 Boy On A Bicycle 24 Street 25 Taillight 27 Rain Walk 28 Alleyway 29 Silent Shower 30 Calypso Caller 31 Arcadia 32 Soft Palette 33 Aqua 34 Back Story 35 Rain Station 36 Bubbles 37 Four Lights 38 Two Crossing 39 Torso 40 Weather Spell 41 Rain Season 42 Red Wall Man 43 Couple On Bridge 44 Head To Heel 45 Used Car Lot 46 Nimbus 47 Mid-Day Stroll 48 Metropolis 49 Winter Road 50 Raincloud 51 Rain Cycle 52 Man Out 53 Free Rain 54 Echo 55 Rain Space 56 Mélange 57 Wall Of Mirrors 58 Consort 59 Horse and Carriage 60 Rain Pool 61 City Man 62 She Spoke French 63 Red Hat 64 In Stride 65 City Dusk 66 Phantom Limbs 67 Bearing Well 68 Communiqué 69 Blood In The Water 70 Heavy Heart 71 Sink Or Swim 72 Streetwise 73 Walking On 74 Impression 75 Looking Up 76 Metro 77 Wet City


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Weather Spell, Vol. 1  

What began as a spontaneous shot taken whimsically through the car windscreen on a rainy day in Chicago expanded into an ongoing investigati...

Weather Spell, Vol. 1  

What began as a spontaneous shot taken whimsically through the car windscreen on a rainy day in Chicago expanded into an ongoing investigati...

Profile for billsosin