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THE SUNSETS MISSION


Our mission is to spread the love of sunsets.

Sunsets are one of the most photographed subjects in the world and there’s a very good reason for that – people love them. They love the fact that every evening is different and they love the moment-by-moment changes in the light, the colors and the clouds.

But there's more to it than just the visual beauty. There’s something about sunsets that puts you in touch with a deeper view of things. Sunsets help you look up from your life for a while, always a good thing to do especially at the end of a hard day. Sunsets provide a calm perspective and an uncommon peace, very good things to carry with you into your evening.

The ancients believed sunsets to be the light of heaven and a couple of hundred years ago they were revered as an artistic subject. You only have to look at the many beautiful sunsets painted by the English artist, JMW Turner who studied the evening skies with a relentless passion in order to be able to replicate their majesty on canvas.

 

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In our modern world, some professional photographers see sunsets as a visual cliché, too popular, over used and therefore not worthy of their attention. Many people, caught up in their own thoughts, walk on by, ignoring the dramatic spectacle unfolding right there in front of them. If sunsets do have a problem it’s that they are free-to-view, commonplace happenings and for that reason all too easy to take for granted. 

Oscar Wilde famously said: “Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned. To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament.”

Obviously, we don’t subscribe to this cynical view and place ourselves very firmly in the Turner camp on this. We love sunsets and all that they convey. To us, they are a daily dose of nature’s magic: a reminder of our humble place in the universal scheme of things.

Sunsets are encouragement that whatever kind of day you’ve had, there’s always the opportunity of a new dawn tomorrow. They are the ending that promises a new beginning. Time spent watching the sun set is never wasted: it soothes the soul and lift the spirits. It is the poetry of the dusk, a never to be repeated moment of pure art that makes the world romantic again.

 

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We have no doubt that if sunsets were a rare event, occurring say once a decade or even once a year, some enterprising showman, a Phineas Barnum, would be building a vast stadium and charging $100 admission to see the unique show.

If a sunset were an annual occurrence, people would have parties and events to celebrate. There would be cards proclaiming “Happy Sunset Day”. There would be gifts, balloons and streamers. It would be up there with New Year and Thanksgiving. It would be a celebration of the Sun’s light and an appreciation of the fact that without this great ball of fire we would not be here.

The Sunsets In My Slippers collection is a celebration of this truly amazing natural phenomenon. Images taken from the same place, night after night, showing just how dramatic and ever changing sunsets can be.

One sky, one view, one camera, one pair of slippers.

Do share your sunset thoughts with us on our Guest Book at

http://www.sunsetsinmyslippers.com/guest-book

Have a great evening!

Adam & Barbara Fox

 

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