This past weekend, I went on the longest photowalk of my life. What spans those six hours in the cold are over six hundred photographs. Some are repetitions and the others are different aperture/shutter variations. One of the photographs I took that day was the frozen Huron River. This launch (used for canoes and kayaking) now lies desolate but it lends to the ambiance. The river that I went kayaking through a few months ago is now an ice covered plain.
The imagery is akin to a street, only this one is a river that has become a road of sorts. Even though I was battered by the winds nonstop, the dead leaves skating over the surface is a vision I will perhaps never forget. The sound of crisp leaves when they made contact with the surface was like the slight brush of the steel skate rubbing against an ice rink floor. Beautiful, serene and a moving experience for me.
I was recently over to a friend’s house. His mom is one of the best interior decorators I know. She has the ability to turn a space into ‘home’ through the fluent use of trinkets and little items that add a positive vibe. I’ve never before seen her Christmas decorations. I was genuinely pleased given the opportunity. The ginger bread cake hut (which I’ll be posting soon) and these little town settings on the mantle were exquisite.
I like seeing Mr. Claus here out in plain sight giving gifts. I always assumed Mr. Claus wore a black cape, dropped in through the chimney and left as stealthily as he had entered. I guess Mr. Claus has overcome his shyness.
Putting jokes aside, tis’ the season of giving. The country is hurting from one of the worst economic crises. However, a gift no matter how small or inconsequential you may think of it will make that somebody special’s day. So go out and give not only materialistic gifts but instead love and care. Think about the genocides in Africa and turmoil elsewhere where people are living through hostile conditions. Think about them for a moment and ask yourself if you’re not in a better place. Its one thing to say that we would react to danger when it comes to us and another to deal with it every waking hour of the day.
Give that friend a hug. Tell them about a story from the past and enjoy this moment. What comes tomorrow is not upto me but I would like more time to put the hundreds of things I’ve let lapse in my life over the years. I may disguise them as a learning experience however truly sometimes I wish I had held my brother’s hand or embraced my parents and told them how much I love them.
In the spirit of Holiday season and the coming Christmas, I dressed in my third favourite color(1st: Black and 2nd: Blue) to take a self-portrait. This shot was simple to do. I placed a light source (lamp) directly below and in front of me. The effect might be a little scary and my expression isn’t helping either. However, with every shot I’m learning lighting.
And to justify the expression, thats one of the reasons I took up photography. I look better on this side of the lens.
This photograph is the last for now in the three image series on out of focus lights. I shot this on Huron Street again. You’ve probably noticed these large left turn signs placed in areas with detours. The other rounded colors in the bottom are from the traffic lights in the background. I like how the colors in this image are so vivid.
Another photograph in the series of out of focus lights. The first in this series is the next photograph (click the right arrow). A law firm on Huron St had these snowflake lights. I wanted to give it a very soft focus hence the out of focus. I think the effect gives more definition to the lights rather than seeing the sharp lights themselves.
Yesterday I went on perhaps my longest photowalk in recent times. I walked downtown to Main Street and then advanced through downtown railroad bridges. What I witnessed was a city expanding itself out to me. I had never covered this side of Ann Arbor and I was amazed by it. Murals and graffiti art covered the walls of railroad bridges. There were messages carved and painted onto walls and doors. It was like seeing a barren part long forgotten coming out.
I continued my walk down to Kerrytown after rounding up around the dam. Here I had a break at the Sweetwater’s Cafe with a pot of tea and got some writing underway. The entrance between the Sweetwater’s and Vintage home has a courtyard decorate with wall mosaics, a few benches and a simple Christmas tree. I didn’t want to capture the tree as it is but instead as by definition of the lights.
This is my new favourite photograph. I was quite surprised by this one. I’ve been trying to find the best vantage point to capture Hill Auditorium without using a wide-angle lens. The final image was cross-processed to give it a snapshot look. This image defines a period for me. Its almost like a certain time has been captured and the image shows slight age. Its also reminiscent of the various Michigan ‘Thank You’ cards with painted pictures sold in the bookshops.
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