STILLWATER



William Wylie


All the photographs and texts are copyrighted

These photographs were also made along a stretch of the Cache la Poudre in Fort Collins, Colorado between 1997 and 2001. For its five mile tenure within city limits, this wild and scenic river of the central Rocky Mountains is constrained to a marginalized wilderness. The Poudre can easily be seen from highways, shopping malls, car lots, city parks and back porches. Concrete often fortifies its banks. Yet, just beyond the willow shoots, close to the water's surface, the significance of a place resonates.

The photographs were made in the water and near to the surface. As a fly fisherman I am familiar with this territory. Some negatives where produced by the light of the moon. I see these images now as paying attention to the force of the flow, the irreversible dimension of time, and the always-changing conditions of light. And nothing is ever still.

 

“ When the air is still, then so is the surface of the river. Then it holds a perfectly silent image of the world that seems not to exist in this world. Where, I have asked myself, is this reflection? It is not on the top of the water, for if there is a little current the river can slide frictionlessly and freely beneath the reflection and the reflection does not move. Nor can you think of it resting on the bottom of the air. The reflection itself seems a plane of no substance, neither water nor air. It rests, I think, upon quietness.”

Wendell Berry’s Afterword to Stillwater (published by Nazraeli Press)




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