“I Used To Make Machines…”

I have no idea what he meant by that. He was struggling with his words making less and less sense.

These kind of photographs bother me but I’m drawn to them. Human tragedy is hard to ignore.

Message For Today

It seems like centuries have passed since anybody in Washington has made an intelligent decision. I’m totally fed up with the current “gotcha” style of politics. There is a huge global emergency right now! A humane intellect is not in charge.

Stone Fruit Still Life

I rarely, very rarely, do any still life photography. Today is a rare exception. My wife has a distinctive collection of antique stone fruits in an old woven wire bowl. Here is a low light, closeup view of it. The nice colors are the result of Fujifilm’s fine color science.

Nearby Worry

This photograph is of a runner who has briefly paused her workout to stretch. She’s looking back the way she came as if someone or something is following her. I find the image to be an easy illustration of what we all currently feel about the virus. Things will of course eventually get better but, for now, the fear persists.

More A Feeling Than A Photo

Somehow color and clarity seem out of place in today’s buttoned up, locked down world. Spring flowers and the greening grass try valiantly to dispel the current gloom. Maybe someday……

The Black Tree Mood

Yesterday’s, was clear and sunny and this photograph was taken in color. So why the dingy monochrome look? The simple answer is, it’s the way I felt.

This Covid-19 lockdown is getting on my nerves. The photograph could have and maybe even should have been developed as a colorful landscape. I just couldn’t do it.

It’s going to rain quite a bit this week.

Together

It’s been quite a few weeks since I posted something here. A neglect caused by laziness, change in thinking, or just plain fear, I’m not sure. When I stumbled across this photo today, I found I wanted to share it.

The couple is my stepson and his girlfriend hiking in Petaluma, California. They’re cresting a ridge in the Helen Putnam Regional Park. Nothing in front of them but grey cloudless sky. Their formless way ahead reminded me what we all are facing currently with the Covid-19 epidemic.

The way they’re doing it is the way we should.

TOGETHER

More Context Needed

Street photography composition is becoming different for me. A few months (years) ago I would have happily taken and saved all of the above pictures. After all these folks were all on the street today.

What’s changed is my desire to include more context in my photographs. The top and bottom images in this series are essentially close ups of individuals, which is all well and good however, the middle one adds more of the context surrounding the person and I like it better.