Like a fine wine sometimes an image or the photographer, that would be me, needs to wait before it can be processed. As an example, recently I made the photograph above yet it was captured in 2011. Did I not take the time to really look at each thumbnail and see the potential? Have the toolbox or skills to make the image in my minds eye? I don't know the answer, but what I do know is, going forward I'm going to slow down and look, really look at my images one at a time.
I was captivated by a beautiful light sculpture suspended above my head and took many images from above, below, level, and while swiping my camera. When creating photographs, it was the images where my camera and I moved together, as if in a dance, that sang to me.
Reminder to self, be open to all possibilities .. the results may surprise you.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. Chief Seattle
Photographers go to great lengths and expense to keep their cameras still so that a sharp image will be rendered. It is perhaps why I find it so liberating to move mine while shooting. Part of my Swiping the World, One Photograph at a Time Project.
Title: Reaction to our ever changing times
Like a bee being drawn to honey, it was the vibrant colors that drew me to this image. Yet when making the photograph it was only when I removed the color that it began to sing to me. I allowed myself to explore the many possibilities when creating this image and that made all the difference.
The pressure I feel when visiting a location that has been photographed so well by so many before me: How to make something that represents me, like the Gehry building in Seattle. I spent a fair amount of time walking around it but it was during the brightest time of the day, with deep shadows I found my voice .. colors shrouded in deep shadows.
I love to paint the colors and textures I find in our amazing world with my camera. Yet when I was making this picture, the colors were a distraction. I kept reducing the saturation until it was black and white. Somehow in the process, capturing my mood about the ever-changing news as it zooms past me.