Join the crowd

Join the crowd


Another one of my ‘drive-by’ images from last Thursday. I saw these people (tourists?) photographing the face painted on the wall and grabbed a few photos myself. This was my favorite of the lot.

Editing the images reminded me of a story about Henri Cartier-Bresson. Cartier-Bresson, for those unfamiliar with the history of photojournalism, was one or the first great practitioners of that art. He was particularly known for the concept of the ‘decisive moment’. That was the instant in time when everything came together perfectly for the photographer to capture an image that told the story. That’s a simple definition and a lot of trees have been sacrificed to hold all that has been written on the subject. Anyway, it is well known that Bresson would usually make quite a few images of the scene he was working with and then spend a lot of time deciding which of the images told the story best. Some wags have indicated that the true ‘decisive moment’ came when he would finally circle one of the frames on the contact sheet and say ‘Print that one’.

April 30, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Urban Landscape

Urban Landscape


I was driving to a rehearsal in Chicago yesterday and the Dan Ryan Expressway was becoming a parking lot, so I cut out to 22nd Street to get to Halsted Avenue and head north. Anyway, there was a bit of a backup before the 22nd Street turn, so I made a few images out the window (non-violent drive-by shooting) and I saw this lovely patch of grass along the roadway and figured it was the personification (if one anthropomorphizes) of my category of Urban Landscapes. Usually I mean it to refer to buildings and such, but here it is the natural beauty of the vegetation and the lovely trash.

April 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds

Springtime is here and so are rainclouds galore. The internet is full of photos of those amazing cloud formations they get out in the plains states. They’re not that common here in Illinois, but we get a few interesting ones. I don’t go chasing storms (I made it through one tornado when I was in High School and I’m still in no hurry for my next one), but if one comes along, I’m willing to make an image.

 

April 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Recurring Circles

Recurring Circles


I like the different circles in the design plus the almost circles in the pebbles, plus I always like naturally monochromatic images.

April 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Homage to Floyd

Homage to Floyd

This is another post that is a snapshot that amuses me.  I took it with my first ‘serious’ digital camera in January of 2002 up on the north side of Chicago.  This barber shop was a block or so away from a supplier for a store that I was purchasing stock.  In the lower right hand corner of the window of the right is a photo of Floyd, Mayberry’s barber on the Andy Griffith Show.  I always thought it made a nice touch.

April 26, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Another Corner

Another Corner


As I’ve posted before, I like images of corners. Someday I’ll collect them all in one portfolio that will bore even me. This is one from last October in Joliet, IL.

April 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Street designs

Street designs


Just playing around with a simple photo of asphalt, paint and a metal cover.

April 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

You Lookin’ at me?

You lookin' at me?

These are my new neighbors across the road.  Cows are initially inquisitive, but after a minute or two they go back to checking out the grass and chewing their cud.

April 23, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow

Spring is really here.  I made this image yesterday of some of the willows on my front yard.  The yellow buds remind me of a waterfall, except you don’t get the little rainbow at the botton because there is no mist.

April 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Flower time

Flower time

Well, it’s almost flower time anyway.  Daffodils and some trees are blooming even thought the temperatures have dropped well below average.  This image is from June of last year at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  I’ll have to go back this year to find out exactly what species it is.  I usually take a quick photo of the sign that goes with the plant to identify it, but I apparently didn’t bother (or maybe there was no sign there).

April 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

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