Monday, August 24, 2009

The Pacific Northwest and The Ring - In Photographs

Today's guest blog post brings a different perspective to the current production: amazing personal photographs. Richard Eidal is a long-time Seattle Opera subscriber who loves the Ring. All opinions expressed in our guest posts are those of the author and not necessarily those of Seattle Opera. Enjoy and admire his work below!

As a Northwest native I especially love the current production with the wonderful nature theme - this production, in my opinion, is unsurpassed. I'm also a photographer who loves to hike, and I was inspired the past couple of weeks to go out and see if I could come up with some photographic interpretations of the four works in the Ring cycle.

I was lucky enough to be in the right places at the right times and I have four photographs that, for me, evoke this production of the Ring. Here are my photographs along with some brief notes:

Das Rheingold - That huge tree makes me think of the World Ash tree. And we all know where the rainbow goes.....

Die Walküre - I see the clouds swirling around the Valkyries as they race to the top of the mountain. (This photograph just won, a couple of days ago, an Editors' Choice Award from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals).

Siegfried - I can see Fafner the Dragon in the tree branches, awake and ready for a fight. In the distance is the mountain where Brünhilde sleeps.

Götterdämmerung - The world is reborn.

I had much fun with this personal endeavor, and I hope others might find some enjoyment in them, also. Kudos to everyone involved in the Seattle Ring!