Stability | Kelly O'Leary

A black and white photo by Kelly O'Leary of a pier. | Photo Title: Stability | 
        Photo by Kelly O'Leary ©2023
Stability | ©2023 Kelly O'Leary

About this Photograph

In this mesmerizing image, a pier’s rugged elegance takes center stage. Its long, slender form stretches out into the vast expanse of the sea, offering a captivating juxtaposition against the raw power of the ocean. The concrete pier, weathered and worn, tells tales of countless tides and tumultuous waves, bearing witness to the passage of time – as the tide gently laps at the pier’s base, a rhythmic dance unfolds, creating a symphony of serenity.

The black and white medium of the photograph further intensifies the tranquility of the scene, emphasizing the contrasting patterns and textures. The dark water, partly reflecting the evening light, seems to lose itself in the depths, while the concrete pier, with its rough surface, commands attention and admiration. This rich monochromatic palette evokes a sense of nostalgia, harkening back to simpler times. The absence of color allows the viewer to focus solely on the shapes, lines, and textures present in the image. From the slight ripples in the water to the slightly eroded and salty stained surface of the pier, every detail tells a story of resilience and endurance.

Metaphorically, a pier serves as an anchor, embodying stability and strength. It stands firm against the ebb and flow of life, symbolizing perseverance in the face of challenges. This composition encourages introspection, inviting the viewer to reflect upon their own journey and find solace in the unwavering nature of the pier.

In this photograph perfectly fitting the title, “Stability”, a captivating stillness resonates, capturing a fleeting moment frozen in time. The simple beauty of the concrete pier, with its gently lapping tide and evening light, transports viewers to a place where tranquility reigns. It is through this creative interpretation that Kelly skillfully conveys profound emotions and profound truths, making this image a timeless masterpiece.

From The Artists

 | Photo by Kelly O'Leary ©
© Kelly O'Leary
"Piers are rugged, immense structures, meant to withstand the endless lashing from mighty seas and prevailing winds. The glow of the setting sun along Folly Beach, SC washed the underside of this mighty giant and painted its robust legs with light, while the gentle incoming tide languidly lapped at its feet in graceful swirls. The lowering evening light worked its magic as the sea spilled onto the shore underneath momentarily offering partial reflections of the stateliness above. A liminal perspective amplifies the sense of stability and grandeur as the pier reaches out into the vast sea grasping for the horizon."
~Kelly O'Leary