Untitled (window with child), 1972
black and white photograph on paper
37.5 x 47.8 cm
Collection of the Owens Art Gallery
The UK-based CLOUD APPRECIATION SOCIETY manifesto declares the sky to be “the most egalitarian of (nature’s) displays, since everyone can have a fantastic view of it.” Historically, people have always been compelled to look up—to gain perspective, to observe the emanations of gods, and to dream. Everyone sees a different sky, however, as things change and shift in the angles of reflected light. And each view is limited by the different resources one brings to see it—one’s leisure and language and imagination—as well as by the confines that make only parts of it visible. Even the altitude of the upper most region of the troposphere differs across regions, seasons, and time of day, meaning that the ceiling of sky is—literally—higher for some than for others.