The self-imposed challenge for yesterday was this: try to make a typical eyesore more attractive and if not attractive, then slightly more interesting.
I began by simply spending time looking at what elements could be used to frame that which is normally not looked at for any aesthetic value but simply a pragmatic one: a parking lot in an industrial park.
I chose the orange cone because it was almost the same color and shape as a background tree. The sky was overhead. Why not use it? I did. The wide angle lens was the only choice to take in all the elements and the only choice to communicate the feeling of being alone and deserted. The subtlety of different lenses to me is an emotional one as much as visual.
So, there you have it. A modest goal and a modest result. But, some days you simply do warm-ups–and I’ve begun to realize that these warm-up days are just as important as those when you split the atom and capture an image you’d consider enlarging.
Each of us are like the violinist who wants to get to Carnegie Hall. We practice, practice, practice.
©Pat Coakley 2008
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