Photographer's Note

Japanese Minimalism on the Black Sea

The magnificent cruise ship the Crystal Serenity was in the Black Sea on a cruise that had commenced in Venice and meandered through the Aegean. Then it had entered the Black Sea through the two Turkish Straits, the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, and visited Nesebur in Bulgaria; Yalta, Sevastopol and Odessa in the Ukraine; with its passengers finally disembarking in Istanbul. We were in International waters just off the coast of Romania when I shot this photo. I had been serving as a lecturer on board the Serenity as the ship visited some of the magical ports of the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

It was late in the afternoon, and the ship was bound for Istanbul. The reflection of the sun on the still sea, continued onto the glass table in the Panorama Lounge where a bud vase presented a silhouette, a veritable Japanese Minimalist painting.

I apologize for streaks appearing in the window. They are rarely seen in such a pristine ship, but the angle of the sun amplified them in this scene. They are a residue from the washing fluid that is periodically released to clean the windows.

The Serenity (and its sister ship, the Symphony) are ranked as the top cruise ships in the world. The Crystal Cruise Lines is owned by the Japanese Firm NYK, although it is based in Los Angeles. Dedicated to my friends in Romania and Bulgaria.

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