Joel Meyerowitz – A Summer’s Day

After failing to find Joel Meyerowitz’s ‘Aftermath’, I found ‘A Summer’s Day’ instead.

What I immediately took to was the colours that Meyerowitz had captured: the golds and the blues which echo a summer holiday atmosphere. Yet, opening the book, there is no description or introduction so that a viewer is to take their own thoughts through the book so that they can relate to the images from a personal perspective; therefore Meyerowitz should meet the ‘horizon’ of the viewer. The first photograph of the series is the same as on the front colour: early morning mist on the beach with the sun creeping through causing a soft shadow from the gate. The gate acts as a frame for the boat that has been run ashore.

The sequencing of the book echoes the title of the book as the photographs are ordered from sunrise to sunset. Because summer days are that much longer than winter’s, it is of no surprise that there are over 60 images in this photo book.

The photograph of the morning sunlight peering through the curtains gives a really warm temperature; this is reminiscent to many summer’s mornings so a viewer can relate. I really like this image because the use of the natural light creates a flute of light on the walls and a natural glow to the room; just how my room is illuminated sometimes.

Meyerowitz collects natural light superbly: how it can illuminate and darken objects creating a new depth to the images in the collection. Not only is the book of landscapes and of houses, which echo a human presence, there are also portraits of children and people on the beach. Their clothes and freckles further consolidates how this photo book is about summer. The inclusion of portraits again gives a break for the viewer looking at landscapes.


Although there is not a clear narrative running through the book, there is a clear theme and a timeline which in itself creates a story. How we go to the beach in the heat of the day before winding down to a BBQ and evening strolls. I would like to create a narrative similar to this: nothing that  is too obvious and obsolete: something that is simple and easy to relate to: where my horizon of memory can be met by a viewer.


4 thoughts on “Joel Meyerowitz – A Summer’s Day

  1. Interesting review, Kate. I might have a look into this just so I can carry an essence of Summer in one, small package. Everyone likes Summer. Yep.

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