After four days and nights in the summer swamp heat, I had yet to make a photograph worth bringing home. Due to the historic floods throughout the Mississippi River Valley, lakes and bayous throughout Louisiana were flooding and high winds moved through the night.

On July 19th, the waning Gibbous moon rose at 10:08pm. I’d found an inland lake disconnected from the flood waters and low hanging night clouds were passing through the evening. For fifteen years, the moon has energized my photo-shoots providing night sky illumination and a touch of insomnia to fuel my explorations.

Despite our extensive collaboration, I’ve never made an image that revealed her face. During long exposure photography, the moon is stretched, her voice distorted, becoming a screech instead of a soothing glow. On this night, as she rose over the cypress, the slow passing clouds softened her direct gaze and the scene was held in lunar blue. I waded into neck deep waters and floated near the camera waiting for the moon to clear the distant treeline, a soft breeze blew the hanging Spanish moss.

I photograph to document place and change, but also to express feeling that provides a starting point for viewer’s memories and imagination. Science reveals many insights, but do we know why the moon moves our mood?

Signed and numbered limited edition photograph.

Prices for the photographs depend on size and the number of photographs remaining in the edition.  As the edition sells and fewer photographs remain, the price increases.

12" x 18" Edition of 12
17" x 26" Edition of 22
25" x 38" Edition of 15
38" x 56" Edition of 15

Image Size Paper Size
(Including white border)
12"h X 18"w 18 1/2"h X 24"w
17 1/2"h X 26 1/3"w 24"h X 32 1/3"w
25 1/3"h X 38"w 31 3/4"h X 44"w
37 1/2"h X 56 1/3"w 44"h X 62 1/3"w

Photographer: FRANK RELLE
Title: Aurellia 
Location: Louisiana
Date: July 2019


The front of the photograph is signed and titled by Frank in ink. The back of the photograph is detailed with printing information and edition number in pencil and the information is duplicated on a card affixed to the back of the photograph.


Photograph is unframed printed on ultra-smooth fine art paper with an approximately 3" white border around the image size giving you the above listed paper size.  

Packaging - Photograph Only

To decrease potential damage to the photograph during shipping and handling, photograph is rolled into a double-wall protective packing tube for safe transport.  


We use UPS or Fed-Ex shipping to all US customers. Over-sized photographs are shipped via freight.