Photo Diary – Icicles and Parking Lots
Sometimes it is good to get out and photograph the things that others regard as beautiful but the real satisfaction lies in finding beauty in what others see as ordinary. These were all shot today. As I’ve said previously I tend to use a small camera as an artist uses a sketchpad. These are not works of art to be printed out on expensive acid free stock and shown behind glare resistant glass but rather quick hits, see something in the blink of an eye and catch it. If it, whatever it is, shows promise than plan a return trip with some time and better equipment.
Here are today’s sketches:
Fridays is our shopping night. We do this to create a definite break between the working week and the weekend. It is actually fun and my job is to keep the passenger seat warm, push carts and make approving and disapproving noises in the right places. In other words, nothing to demanding so I can take time to observe and get take pics.
I find that I get drawn to differences between the US and the country where I spent my first 40 years, the UK. This means that I get fascinated by things that probably seem really mundane to anyone who has lived here all their lives. It wasonly the other day that I realized that I am drawn to things specifically American. Overhead suspended stop lights is one such thing and long flat buildings are another.
I have always liked the painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper. And if a scene has that type of feel it really resonates with me for some reason. Not sure why I was thinking of that painting when I shot these as they have nothing in common with the painting but like all great art it has meaning way beyond its subject matter.
I am not quite sure about what happened with these two images. It was very dark, nothing like the ay these turned out – the sky was almost black to the eye. The white balance was probably set wrong but I cannot work out why they turned out so bright. I will explore this because it opens up some photographic possibilities that I haven’t seen before. For the technically minded these were hand held, 1/4 shutter speed ISO 400 and this combination should not have worked but it did.
Now for a complete change of pace. These icicles formed outside my office/studio window. I know I should have kncked them off but the big one with all the rings fascinated me. It was about 6 inches thick. I have tapped them off now as they were forming between the gutter and the roof due to the water in the gutter being frozen solid.
This is just a close up of the one above. I stared at this for a long time today – fascinated me for some reason. I think it is beautiful – not the photo the icicle.
And finally, these are some smaller ones. Weirdly skeletal.
The biggest joy of being a photographer is that the smallest, mist trivial thing can take over your entire world just like that. While I’m looking and photographing stuff like this nothing else matters, politics, personal stuff, everything just goes away for a few minutes or even a couple of hours.