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weather spell V2

Images by Bill Sosin


“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”— Robert Frank


Weather Spell V2 www.billsosin.com Š 2018 Bill Sosin


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 spellV2 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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“The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.” — Susan Meiselas


“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” — Elliott Erwitt


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“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” — Annie Leibovitz


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while back I ran across some negatives I shot from my car in the old film days. I was intrigued by them and began photographing from inside my car again. Driving around Chicago in a downpour I had glazed over momentarily at a stop light as the droplets of rain gathered on the windshield and the chromium vapor of the street lamps blurred behind them. I let the cinema window of the car become obscured with the pebbles of water and then photographed them‌

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What started haphazardly became an obsession and I have now captured hundreds of these images. Generally the texture of the precipitation is kept in focus, and the shape, weight and direction of the droplets can change according to windflow and the severity of the rainfall. Activity in the city streets is set in shallow focus behind this. Neon fluorescence and radiant red light from car brake lights are common themes, but more abstract and suggestive patterns are created by silhouetted pedestrians hastening along with pendulous umbrellas; vehicles such as towtrucks or sixteen wheelers, made more ominous in the dreamscape of their out of focus state; or lonely objects in storefront windows, rendered redundant by the inclement weather. The pure refractions of light are controlled by the lens choice, focus and exposure, blurred into kaleidoscopes or minimized to retain narrative detail. I search for different colorations, shooting at various times of day when the hue of the sky can contribute to the tableau. Š 2018 Bill Sosin


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Š 2006 / 2018 Bill Sosin www.billsosin.com Weather Spell Volume 2, 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 The Wait 5 Orange Car 6 On The Mag Mile 7 The Red Car 9 Street Beat 10 Rain Poem 12 Man In Blue 13 Rain Cloud 14 Avenue M / The Gust 15 Mono Mano 16 Overtones 17 Street And Sky 18 North Bound 19 Half Light 20 Searcher 22 Rain Shape 23 Rain Stage 24 Blue Car 25 The Wanderer 26-27 Horizon 28 New Horizon 29 City Color 30 Red Lady 31 Grey Ghost 32 Man Apart 33 Water Dream 34 Rain Story 35 New Chase 36 Ghost 37 Secret Party 38 Teal Sky 39 The Mist 40 Street 41 Skyline 42 Splash! 43 Glimmer Twins 44 Composite 45 The Running Man 46 Nimbus 47 Finding Way 48 Rain Bird 49 The Bike 50 Gold Rain 51 Passenger 52 The Rider 53 New Plaza 54 New Couple 55 Strolling 56 Chakra 57 Night Plaza 58 Rain Break 59 Walking Man 60 City Tradition 61 Longman 62 Dark Charm 63 Bicycle Rack 64 Abstract With Nude 65 Art Institute 66 Virtue 67 Rain Shadow 68 Pink And Blue 69 Gold Purse 70 Roundabout 71 The Red Coat 72 The Lady In Green 73 Man In Black 74 Used Car Riser 75 Winter Day 76 Metro 77 Mates


weather spell Volume 2 Paper Mirror Press

Š 2018 www.billsosin.com

Weather Spell, Volume 2  

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, Volume 2  

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