November Sky

When I was about 16 I saw the movie Three Days of the Condor starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway. Dunaway portrays Kathy, a photographer who gets tangled up in the intrigue. In her apartment, Redford, whose character is Joe Turner, looks at some of her images on the walls; deep, rich, low-light black-and-white images. He remarks that the photos aren’t really autumn, but they aren’t really winter. They are in between – November.

Kathy: Sometimes I take a picture that isn’t like me. But I took it so it is like me. It has to be. I put those pictures away.

Joe Turner: I’d like to see those pictures.

Kathy: We don’t know each other that well.

Joe Turner: Do you know anybody that well?

Kathy: I don’t think I want to know you very well.

This scene made a huge impression on the early years of my own photography. I was thinking about that all day today as I watched the sky go from sunny to, well, November, as a cold front passed and it turned blustery and grey. The sky told of November and all that it entails.

November Sky
November Sky

  1. Amazing b&w picture of the sky. I don't think it ever much occurs to me to photograph the sky in b&w. Wow, what you have done with it here is stunning and evocative, even a little haunting.

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