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……

Wabi Sabi Tree

The older I get (and that’s pretty damn old) the more I appreciate the marks that aging leaves. If this tree was a perfectly formed spruce I doubt it would attract half the interest that this old warrior does.

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

Opening The Door

This photograph is posted as my small contribution to the celebration of “Woman’s Day” today. It’s almost inconceivable in today’s time that women still suffer gender discrimination.

By pure chance, yesterday my wife and I watched a gripping WW II documentary about the siege of Stalingrad. It showed many many women fighting alongside the regular Russian army troops in the most brutal conditions imaginable. I doubt I will ever see a better example of the equality of the sexes.

Looks Can Be Decieving

I took this close up photograph of a guy outside of Boston’s main public library. A minute before this he was passed out on the sidewalk. For a brief moment he opened his eyes, which was when I managed to get this shot. He painfully got to his feet. Stumbled into the library entrance and promptly passed out again on a soft stool near the front window.

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.

Rain rain and MORE RAIN

We have access to a widow overlooking Boston Common, a lovely 50 acre park. Smack dab in the middle of the city. The land is a fantastic asset and used daily by many many people. Not so the day before yesterday. That day, the rain NEVER stopped!

Summer rain is one thing, but February rain is something completely different. As this image, hopefully shows.