Ferry Boat Ride into the Past…J.M.W. Turner

The windows on the ferry boat are Plexiglas, scratched up and not very clear. Perfect for photography. It was early evening, the sun was just setting, the colors in the sky through the window looked like millions of paintings. Turner’s to be more exact. This image is without manipulation or color correction, it printed exactly as shown.

Turner’s earliest works were watercolors, which he first showed at the Royal Academy in 1790 at age 15. Watercolor remained an important medium for the artist, and the exhibition includes stunning examples ranging from the detailed to the minimal to the nearly abstract.