This photo makes me happy. Every time I see it it makes me want to go gallivanting around the city.
I often hear observations/complaints about how technology is creating distance amongst us, even though through technology we are "more connected" than ever. I see it, too, and in fact many of the shots I've taken over the past year show it clearly - people immersed in their phones, especially. With that in mind, I am really happy about the human connection in this shot. We can be plugged in, but still connected.
Plus, there's a dog!
This photo has been in the works for a while. I love the stark, simplistic character of the building, and the small glimpses at life in the vehicles, power lines, and open windows. It's like a slowly passing opportunity before the newly planted trees grow to obscure more of the scene.
Been very drawn to lines and color recently.
Shot this last weekend in SF.
I was going to call this one "purple spiky flower" until I googled it and learned what it is really called. IF THAT IS YOUR REAL NAME.
I saw this when I was out on my bike the other day. When I'm setting up shots I tend to be very fast, to the point where saying that I set up a shot at all is almost giving myself too much credit. I guess my experience shooting from a car on travels and limited experience shooting events has taught me to quickly compose and capture an image before it passes. Not like this plant was going anywhere in a hurry! Anyway, it's fun finding surprises from time to time when I load the images on my computer, like the fact that the signs over the highway in this one are graffitied (a pleasant surprise, because that seems to be a thing here). Seriously? Why graffiti the highway signs though, I'm trying to see where I'm going.
A couple of weeks ago I loaded the pups into the car and set off for a little drive. This shot was taken in the Almaden area of south San Jose. It's great here how driving for just 30-45 minutes can make you feel so removed from all of the hustle and bustle. Farms, horses, turkeys, small highways with little traffic.
I am so happy to be feeling inspired to pick up my camera again. It's been years since I got burnt out and my attempts here and there to rekindle the fire left me feeling like my passion for the medium was just gone. I suppose you really can't force things. I wanted to want to shoot, but I didn't actually want to. I just missed the final product - a lot. Right now I have an urge for the process more than the outcome, and I am curious to see what comes of it since so much has changed over the past several years with myself, my surroundings, and my eye. Already this morning I found myself drawn to a completely random, unplanned shot (above) rather than the one I'd gone out after in the first place. No pressure, less control, see what happens.