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Fabulous Fotos: A winter’s day // In a deep and dark December…

Wrechen Lake, Germany, 2016, Thomas Meyer. The Mariners’ Museum, #MS0661-15.

Lyric from I Am a Rock, Simon & Garfunkel, released 1965.

Nothing says winter visually like a blanketed sky and soft lighting. The scene is captured in muted colors except for a child in a bright blue jacket.

This is the first blog of the Fabulous Fotos series that will focus on the odd, the curious, and/or the purely lovely photographs to be found in The Mariners’ Museum Photograph Collection. Most, if not all of them, have grabbed my attention in some way and are worth sharing out of my love for the process of photography.

The Mariners’ Museum Collection is international in scope and I really enjoy being an armchair traveler to see different places all over (or under!) the world. One of those places is the Baltic Sea, surrounded by Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Estonia, and Finland.

Detail, Wrechen Lake, Germany.

This wide view of the lake is called a panorama, or panoramic photograph. The idea behind it is to get an all-encompassing view from one image. They continue to be popular for photographs of landscapes and groups of people. A panoramic view is usually at least twice as long as it is wide, and the angle of view is wider that one can see with their naked eye. Depending on the camera and type of lens used, panoramas may have distortion in the image. I do not see any distortion in this image by Thomas Meyer.

Photographer Thomas Meyer caught this moment when a child is stepping onto a frozen lake on a cold, winter’s day. Meyer was one of several photographers in our 2017 exhibition Views of the Baltic Sea: Contemporary Photographs from Greifswald, Germany.

Stay tuned for more Fabulous Fotos!

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