Clapped in the Brilliance of a Cloud’s Applause
Photographer Patrick O’Brien captures the vivid splendor of summer storms on Kiawah.
THUNDER BLOSSOMS GORGEOUSLY ABOVE OUR HEADS,
GREAT, HOLLOW, BELL-LIKE FLOWERS,
RUMBLING IN THE WIND,
STRETCHING CLAPPERS TO STRIKE OUR EARS…
BITTEN BY THE SUN
DRIPPING RAIN LIKE GOLDEN HONEY –
AND THE SWEET EARTH FLYING FROM THE THUNDER.
JEAN TOOMER | “STORM ENDING”
ALL NIGHT OUR ROOM WAS OUTER-WALLED WITH RAIN.
DROPS FELL AND FLATTENED ON THE TIN ROOF,
AND RAIN LIKE LITTLE DISKS OF METAL.
PING! – PING! – AND THERE WAS NOT A PIN-POINT OF SILENCE BETWEEN THEM.
THE RAIN RATTLED AND CLASHED,
AND THE SLATS OF THE SHUTTERS DANCED AND GLITTERED.
BU TO ME THE DARKNESS WAS RED-GOLD AND CROCUS-COLORED
WITH YOUR BRIGHTNESS,
AND THE WORDS YOU WHISPERED TO ME
SPRANG UP AND FLAMED – ORANGE TORCHES AGAINST THE RAIN.
TORCHES AGAINST THE WALL OF COOL, SILVER RAIN.
AMY LOWELL | “SUMMER RAIN”
PATRICK O’BRIEN | PHOTOGRAPHER
For twenty-five years Patrick O’Brien has created memorable photography for clients across the globe. He learned early in his career that passion, preparation, and discipline are the fundamental traits for sustained creative success. He has been honored to collaborate with art directors, designers, and clients who share his passion for creating images that inspire and surprise.