This is something that is typically just forgotten and ignored. I found the subject while touring around New York City and was struck by how the lighting played off of the colors and subtle textures. I looked at it from different angles and was surprised at how each different angle and viewing appeared to reveal something new. Now, if I liked this so much, why was it ignored? Honestly, this is a picture of worn paint on a subway wall. I had originally titled it very literally, but my brother suggested that I give this the title of “Blank Canvas” since it appears to reveal what the viewer wishes to see: texture, color, shading, subtlety, etc.
I saw this on a walk! It's just a staircase in hard light with the handrail shadows making zig zags. I wanted to preserve the texture of the concrete and make as much as possible in focus, so I set a very small aperture to get a deep depth of field.
I rather liked this one because of it's abstract nature and also because it shows how great pictures are always around us in the smallest things, as long as we're present, in the moment, and willing to see them.
Tags: Black and White, Texture, Details, Abstract
When you're waiting for the bus in a Massachusetts winter, you have to occupy your mind somehow…and pretend you're warm, haha. So, I looked around and saw this!
I wanted to flatten all the dimensionality of this frozen puddle and increase the abstraction. I hoped pressing things down to essentially a 2d object would cause some optical illusions and trick minds into some pleasant confusion, haha. To do that, I just tried a fairly small aperture.
Just a Fall Dusting
Some late falling leaves on my porch in Amherst, Massachusetts provided some good color and a base for a light dusting of snow. I left the bolt securing the plank in as a way to provide some manmade contrast to the lighter, almost lacy forms of the ice and organic warm of the leaves. Also, it helps "anchor" the image, right?
Layers Looking at You
New York City
Keeping an eye out for details while rushing between New York City subways can result in things like this! Check out the texture of the peeling ads, but do you feel like someone is watching you?
I love going on little tours in the rain! Shiny streets, richer lights, and umbrellas…but this time, I was rewarded with a pretty intimate view of these water drops on long grass. I loved the diagonal slide the grass made…almost giving the water drops on the edge just a bit of kinetic potential.
Snow and Brutalism
This photo was several months in the making! These concrete steps at University of Massachusetts were always a somewhat interesting subject for me…but I wanted something to provide some contrast to the gritty and gray concrete. I figured a good snow, and getting there before others could walk on the steps, would provide a nice contrast!
It was more than a bit cold to get this photo. I wanted as much symmetry and straight lines as possible so there were a lot of attempts and subtle shifts to get things lined up how I wanted them. Also, I wanted to reduce the dimensionality and flatten everything to put the emphasis on texture contrasts between concrete and snow, so I used a deep depth of field to abstract everything.
My grad school had a lot of brutalist architecture which was generally cold and unemotional, but opened up to rare opportunities like this one!
I thought the concrete patchwork contrasted nicely with the dark handrail and the slight visual warmth played well with the material.
Of course, I wanted to go with a bit of a jokey title, so I've called this one "Strong Support".
Frozen Layers 2
When I lived in Massachusetts, one of the things I treasured were the opportunities to see beauty during seemingly unrewarding times to "stop and smell the flowers".
In particular, some of my favorite subjects were frozen puddles like this one. It was somewhat easy to endure or forget the cold and the wind when my mind was focused on oddly pretty things like this, especially when I remembered that scenes like these might only last a few days.
Just like with the other Frozen Layers, I wanted to flatten the dimensionality and play with the perception of depth. This meant a small aperture and a steady hand!
Warmth in Fall
Fall in New England is one of the things that people should see before they die. Vermont is more famous but Western Massachusetts also has some beautiful foliage scenery.
However, one thing to watch out for during fall is rain. The rain and wind can quickly turn peak foliage viewing into bare trees welcoming winter.
I was lucky to see this leaf carpet on the sidewalk during morning golden hour. I wanted to bring out the warm color as well as the lines of the leaves
Late Autumn Frost
In Western Massachusetts, sometimes the frost comes when the leaves are still relatively colorful!
I saw this scene at my parking lot one morning and just loved how the crystals looked on the edges of the leaves. Plus, I thought this mini scene looked good with the warm color of the leaves.
To get the ice to stand out better, I actually print this on metallic paper! It makes the ice appear to shimmer and shine. I'm going to look at getting this printed on metal too, but I haven't checked it out yet.