I was teaching a photography class and needed a few examples for the students. I happened to be visiting my Dad when I saw this shadow pattern on his house. I didn’t notice his shadow as I was shooting the images but as I was doing the post editing I realized I had captured him in the bottom of the frame. On the surface this image is a little artsy and was perfect for my class, however on a personal level I had a deeper feeling upon looking at it. We lost my Mom a year prior to this photo and my Dad is in his twilight years, something just connected for me and isn’t that what photography is about?
I stopped on the way home 5 years ago to shoot this photo. It had been a particularly bad day and I was feeling pretty down when I came up on this scene.
Behind the camera is a cross road with a fair amount of traffic and to get the photo I had to park on the side of the road. I put on my emergency flashers and got out with my camera.
I walked out onto the road way, framed the image and exposed multiple images rapidly. As I turned to walk back to the car a police car was sitting behind me with his window down. My immediate thought was the officer was about to lecture me or even write me a citation.
Instead, he said, “That’s a beautiful sight, I hope your pictures turn out. Have a nice evening.” He then smiled, nodded his head and drove off.
And I did have a good evening.
This image is titled “Tension”… kind of obvious I suppose. It was shot many years ago on a very high end digital system attached to a Bronica medium format camera. Definitely “high tech” but was only 6 megapixels! Which I should add, at the time, commanded a $27,000 price tag (note: I was testing the system for the company I worked for). Times have changed.
Thought I would dedicate it to Brande and Alan who are planning a wedding 😉
A friend of mine, who happens to be another photographer, spoke to me tonight about doing some “explorer photography”. That is where you shoot the spooky old abandon buildings, parks, etc… and it sounded like a lot of fun.
It reminded me of this image which was shot on a side street of a small town late at night, complete with a full moon. No one was around and I would be lying if I didn’t tell you it was a bit creepy.