What follows is a small selection of photographs making up a micro-project "Old Garage". Photographs were taken in my father-in-laws garage. Dad is a retired sheetmetal tradesman. At over 80, things are not as fast as they used to be, but these tools have been, and still are, a part of his life. My intent with this micro-project was to capture some of his world, while looking for gritty compositions and color, shapes and texture in the places we all seldom look. Photographs were taken with Sony 7Rii digital camera, Nikkor 35mm Ai-S manual focus lens, metabones adapter, and were processed in Adobe Lightroom. 5x7 portrait crop was maintained to create a cohesive presentation. Hope you enjoy.
Recently, I had some time to kill between two events on a beautiful Friday in Libertyville, IL. Oly was already loaded with some Kodak Gold 400 film, and I thought it was a good opportunity to slap on the 135mm prime and go "hunt some orc." Well, some flowers and leaves, anyway. I attempted to look for some interesting combinations of color, pattern and shape. I wanted to achieve a more intimate rather than a global look. The film was developed and scanned by a lab in Kansas, and I was actually quite pleased with the quality of the scans. Photos were processed in Adobe Lightroom.
I have been encouraging myself to write about my photographs. Mostly, for myself. To reflect; to improve; to consider and to contemplate. We live in a world where most photographs (certainly most of mine), get less than 1 second. I want to give some a little more time.
What in the world made me take this photograph? Recently I presented to a nature club. We talked about the "usual" nature photographs - birds on branches, sunsets, and similar beautiful subjects. But, I also encouraged the group to find subjects of nature that are a tad more provocative, more contemplative ...with perhaps a little more content. Maybe this is why I stopped to take a photograph of the dead fish, washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan.
The photograph is not very attractive. I don't think that was the point. But, there are elements in it worth considering. First element is the fish itself. The fish presents a little bit of a mystery. How did it get there? Fisherman? Natural causes? Environment? Does it matter? Probably. It made me look to see who was around, what structures were near by, factories, people ...it made me more aware of my surroundings - of our environment. Second element are the dog paws around the fish. Dogs were there. Sniffing, I am sure. Did not seem interested. Why not? Dog's nature...smell...what else? More environmental interaction. Third element - the waves behind the fish. They take up most of the photograph. It is the energy of the waves that will most likely "erase" this scene, eventually. Nature will take it over. It will try and heal ... or to forget, perhaps. To move on. I find this interesting. Perhaps, I need to answer a question ...is this a "nature" photograph? Yes. A strange one.
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