Charcoal Sun

Standing in the light of a charcoal sun
Irradiated and consumed by dark particles
Through haze, I can barely see
I shield my eyes from the light
My hands burn
My clothes are worn away
My skin is raw

There is no shade

R. Foster

2020 has been one Hell of an interesting year.  It’s been gritty and grainy with limited shades of grey.  Things are very black and white-for some.  Kinda’ like every subject resolves into a high contrast image. So what?  We’re living in tumultuous and ambiguous times, right? No big deal…it’s just the way things are. But, my unease goes a bit beyond that.  Now the world often seems twisted and abstract. Normal ain’t normal. Truth is no longer truth. Every issue becomes politicized and polarized. We’re exposed to WTF moments frequently every day. Honestly, I believe at times we all struggle with the un-normalness of it all.

But, what to do?  

Well…we deal with it. We shield ourselves and find shade from that unrelenting dark light. We interpret the abstract and seek truth through the lies. We strive to understand and educate others. We push for change and help establish a new, better normal.

With diligence, we can all live and thrive in the light of a charcoal sun.

Creating images is the way I find shade in that light…

“Charcoal Sun” is the visual translation of how I view 2020. You know…gritty, grainy, etc., etc…. The six images within this post are just a sample of the entire portfolio of thirty-seven images.  I’ve created a photo magazine of the project.  It’s the first of a series of quarterly mags I plan to produce.  If you like the images within this post, I think you’ll enjoy the magazine.  Please, feel free to order a copy HERE or click on “Shop” on the menu bar. 


Thanks for visiting my site.  I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed creating them. And Please…Stay Positive, Work for Change & Stay Safe!

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Equipment Used

  • Leica M6
  • Leica 50 f/1.4 Summilux ASPH
  • Leica 35 f/1.4 Summilux ASPH
  • Voigtlander 28 f/2 Ultron
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