Photo directors are a creative bunch, and they like to see their staff’s images displayed well. That means that, from time to time, they ask to run a horizontal picture sideways on a page so that it can be bigger. Usually I resist. It’s odd for readers to come to a page in their newspaper and find the pictures and words suddenly aligned in a different direction.
But with this photo by Adam Lau, I couldn’t resist Photo Director Kevin Martin’s argument. It’s dazzling, literally, and coming at the back of the paper Friday, I thought readers would appreciate what we were trying to do.
The photo was shot at Newfound Gap on Dec. 1 by “stacking” 264 20-second exposures taken over a two-hour period. I’ve rotated the page here, so the photo will be properly oriented.
The image brings to my mind Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.”