What I like about "Man of Milan" is
that it looks like a painting created with oil paint and palette knife.
Of course, it is not an oil painting but a painting by camera (as I
call it). I took this image on a canal in Milan.
My initial synesthetic
response to this image is one of texture, but I also hear the sound of
chimes. It depends on where I focus my eyes. For example, if I focus my
eyes on the filament-like edges of the shapes in the top row, I
instantly feel texture against my skin. But if I shift my attention to
their color and arrangement, the texture disappears and the sound of
chimes both surfaces and dominates, as if texture and sound traded
places in the layers of my consciousness. It works like this:
First, I hear the fifth shape (yellow) in the top row. Next, I hear
the yellow shape to its right which is slightly diminished. Then, the
sound travels right to left, as the four white shapes -- along with the
other less defined shapes beneath the row -- pick up and repeat the
original yellow sound in a sequence typical of what I hear when a
rectangular metal chime is hit with a hammer.
It looks to me like Nature took one
of its widest brushes, dipped it in a bucket of light and swoosh,
painted this image on the velvet of the Arno River in Florence. It also
looks to me like texture or thread.
I remember thinking wrinkled water just
before I took this picture.When
I felt myself climb into the shadows between the
folds, I took the picture. If you turn "Violin Music" upside down, it
becomes cello which is actually the sound I heard the night I took the