Write Around PAM: Richard Misrach

Image Description: Golden Gate Bridge 8.4.98 6:16am Richard Misrach. 1998. Photograph, chromogenic dye coupler print. Landscape photo showing the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance under the pastel colors of the sunrise. The bottom fourth of the photo shows peaceful bay waters covered with a light layer of fog. Dark peninsulas extend from either side of the bay just before the barely visible two pillars of the bridge. Calm water extends past the bridge and fades into the light blue sky. A thin layer of light purple extends beyond the blue followed by a light cream and blue sky.
Richard Misrach (American, born in 1949), Golden Gate Bridge 8.4.98 6:16am, 1998, Photograph, chromogenic dye coupler print*Private Collection, Cambridge, © Richard Misrach, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Looking at the water, the land, the tiny bridge in the distance, we are reminded of journeying, and the boats or ships that may have passed under that bridge. What else might be in the water, on those distant shores? We invite you to take some time today to write about the images that come to your mind when you look at this photograph by Richard Misrach. See this work in person in the Ansel Adams in Our Time exhibition on view now through August 1 at the Portland Art Museum.

We have two prompts to help you get started. You can use one, or both, or neither. Just set a timer for 8 minutes and keep your pen or pencil moving. 

Beneath the water… / Coming home…

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the summer with a focus on Ansel Adams in our Time during May, June, and July. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM

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