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This picture is so obvious that it is hard to see, and not only because it appears here in black and white. It’s easily overlooked because even in context on my computer screen it looks like a standard-issue screensaver, rather than what it is; an image of the sky above my house. It was taken on a clear day two-and-a-half years ago by my son, then five years old, shortly after we moved in. We live in a rural area, near but outside the city, in the Angeles National Forest. The sky here is intense, visible, confident as it rises above the mountains around us, above the muted haze of the Los Angeles basin. Anyone glancing at my screen would think it’s the regular screensaver, but if you were to look carefully you would see the blue of this photograph has a richness that the flat blue of the screensaver lacks. When I see this image, which I do every single day as I sit in front of my computer, I do not see flat pixels. Through the eyes of my son, I see depth and tranquility. I see space and light.
Irene Tsatsos lives and works in Kagel Canyon, California.