Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Salt Museum on Onondaga Lake

Previously, I thought I was done with posting images from my trip to Onondaga Lake but I this one of the Salt Museum caught my eye. When I first saw the museum, I was looking at it straight on and noticed the way the shadows were raking across the facade. I thought that was interesting so I slowly started to walk over to it in order to explore. I tried a number of different angles but decided I needed my wide-angle lens to get the details I wanted. The stone stairs in front were a neat feature so I tried a few positions to get them in frame with the building. This image is actually from about the half way point in my exploration of the front facade. I kept working in closer and closer ending up with the image of just the door handle.

In this I like how the various elements come together: the shadows, peeling paint, snow, stone, wood, blue sky, etc. They all seem to work together to keep the eye moving through the scene. I think without the stone stairs the image is much more mundane. They provide a needed element here. I debated about applying some perspective correction to keep the building from looking a bit like it is leaning over, but in the end, decided that if I did that I would cut off the stairs and so did not want to do it.

I wanted to say thanks to Jason Moore for his P & P Blogger Profile about me on his excellent blog. Welcome to any of you who may have come through from his site. I would encourage everyone to check his stuff out. And the other cool thing is that he is another local photographer I have gotten to know. Join us for a photowalk in Ithaca on April 18th.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hook 238

I guess it is time to move away from the sentimentality a bit and post a "man's" image. GRRRRR! So I present you a hook and a chain. Iron and rust. Manly elements all. Oh yeah, and I cannot forget to point out the very powerful #238. There is nothing sentimental about this image. I won't even try to tone it down by giving some long winded explanation about it. It's a rusty hook and chain on an old pile driver.

Maybe you will find more in it and care to leave your thoughts.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Angel in Stone

Cemeteries are full of mementos from the living. Are those mementos for the dead or are they for the living? Maybe we just want to leave something to show that someone was here to visit their loved one. I am always curious about what people leave behind. In some parts of St Mary's Cemetery, you could easily tell that we had just recently gone through the Christmas holidays. The flowers and other mementos were clearly themed. But other gifts were more timeless, such as this little angel left for a loved one sometime past. Through many seasons, moon rises and storms, this little cherub will stay as a witness that someone came here to visit and remember the person who rests here. I guess the mementos are for both of us the living and the dead.

Image of the day: The World Begins to Freeze

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Stone Lily in St. Mary's Cemetery

As I mentioned in my last post, the other week I was in Alexandria, VA for work and decided to spend some time walking around St. Mary's Cemetery and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. St. Mary's is an old cemetery located at the south end of Alexandria nestled right up against the interstate and bridge. It is a Catholic cemetery started back in the late 1700s, though I did not find any graves from that period. Having just finished a book about the symbol and imagery in funerary art, I found it very interesting to now have a much better understanding of what things are and what they mean.

This marker was an obelisk with flowers on each of the four sides. I liked how the lily shown in the sun with the texture of the old worn stone coming through. I decided to really play around with the processing on this image. But I am not going to bore you with those details. For me, I really like the feel of the final image. The soft feeling contrasted with the stony texture. The dark shading contrasted with the bright clear lily. The feeling of sadness mixed with a sense of hope or maybe remembering.

(Where was this taken?)

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