Bay / Sky

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Bay Sky copy.jpg

Bay / Sky


Publisher: Bulfinch Press

Bay/Sky, the masterwork of photographer, Joel Meyerowitz, pays elegant homage to the beauty of that place where the sea meets the sky. The culmination of sixteen years of photographic exploration and observation, this book features forty-seven color plates depicting the ephemeral edge of the sea. "Facing the deep bowl of space of sea and sky," Meyerowitz used the horizon line, and sometimes its erasure, to create fields of color and form. The resulting photographs merge the formalist and naturalist themes that he has addressed throughout his career. These exquisite images are contemplative, almost melodic descriptions of light, air, water, and wind taken from first light to dusk and beyond.

Meyerowitz's first photographs of sky and water appeared in his now-classic work, Cape Light. As he continued to photograph Cape Cod, he became aware of and began to explore the conceptual nature of his approach to the theme of water and air. Bay/Sky includes and astonishing range of photographic imagery, even though the vantage point is essentially the same throughout. The changes in tide, weather, and light and their effects on the texture and color of water and clouds provides the rich yet often very subtle variety that exists in these images.

Norman Mailer contributes a forward, in which he describes Meyerowitz's "ongoing quest for the instant when nature can reveal itself through mood, light, mist, wind, or the endless vortices of water in its dialogue with sand." His text extols the achievement of a great artist.


  • 47 color plates
  • ISBN 0821220373
  • Published 1993
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