This chair sits alone in the middle of nowhere, decaying away into nothing. Its current condition speaks to its recent life where all value was lost by those keeping care of it.
But, I cant help but think about this chair’s times past when I look at such a contrast. This chair had a period in its life that saw gratitude from its owners.
Excitement when it was purchased.
Pride when the designer finished his/her design.
Relief and comfort when sat in after a long day’s work.
On a recent trip back home where the primary business of the area is agriculture, I came across this old piece of “machinery”. This thing has not moved in decades. It is a reminder of how things used to be, where we come from and how far we have come. I am not totally sure what it was used for on the farm, but whatever it was, it has been obsolete for a long time. The owners must have thought it was either cheaper or less of a headache to just let it retire where it stood to become a relic as opposed to trashing it.
When I shot this, I wasn’t exactly sure what it was that I liked about it. But tonight, months later, I think I understand.
When I look at this, it is a reminder that life has not always been, and does not have to be, so fast – I feel grounded. You see, I am very into technology and gadgets: smart phones, cameras, cars, computers, social media, computer programs, etc. This is something that can really bite me if I am not careful. Technology never slows down and only speeds up. Before I know it, I can be spinning my wheels pretty fast to keep up with everything I am “in” to. It is times like these above that I remember to take a break, take a breath and remember to just be still and be. Life changes, that is one certainty, I don’t want to forget to enjoy the journey along the way.
I edited this photo to have an older, film look.
F/1.8, 35mm, 1/160 sec, ISO 100
I was driving around the other day looking for anything interesting to shoot (I had just rented the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens!). I knew these massive hangars were near by and thought it would be cool to shoot, but they are on an old military base which is closed off to the public. I decided to look for a random vantage point, not having much hope since I know the general area pretty well… But wait, whats this!? A road I was not familiar with which led towards one of the hangars, nice! Not only did the road lead to a great view of one of these things, but it just so happened that a blimp had just been pulled out (for what purpose, I do not know)! To add a cherry on top of my find, there was a small section of the fence that had been cut away, a perfect peep-hole for my lens :).
I chose to edit this way because the whole feel of the image felt older, from another time. In my mind, this is how I saw this moment.
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While visiting my family for Thanksgiving, I told my dad I wanted to go shoot some pictures and then asked if he had any recommendations on locations. I told him I was looking for some sort of abandoned, old “something”. He said he knew just the place and so we set out into the country. We arrived at an abandoned feed mill. This place used to provide food for the many different cow farms in the valley where they live (and I grew up). Perfect!
Much to my surprise, this abandoned mill had been turned into a graffiti artist’s canvas. Graffiti was everywhere! What immediately jumped out at me was the amount of detailed/grand pieces amongst the random yammerings of the local gangs. They were so colorful and well done in this old and decaying environment that I had to take these photos. An interesting thing to point out is that this is not a place that people go to. This is out in the sticks of a small town. These were done purely for limited viewing and appreciation. By the way, I have a few more photos coming that play on the mill environment, seperate from the graffiti; I will put those up in another post.
I am not sure what this stands for, but the creator put a lot of time and color into this one. It stood out like….a color painting on an old oat mill wall…
Spatula? In any case, this had a great presence.
I intentionally ‘colored’ in this photo below sloppily to somewhat mimic the graffiti style. The color is what was there, I did not add any color. The surroundings in this room were so decayed up against this color that I had to dramatize this fact by greying out everything but the color.
This wall had also been attacked by local paintballers. This just added to the color in the grim environment.
I took a trip to Julian, CA this last weekend for my 1 year anniversary of marriage. We had a great time hanging out in the small mountain town eating apple pie, treats, and home made juice. While there, I snapped off a few photos of the surrounding area. I do not have a proper zoom lens yet and missed quite a few animal opportunities…We saw deer, turkeys, hawks, lizards. Oh well, maybe next time!
Julian Sunset over Lake Cuyamaca (added to post 9/5/11)
The Virgin Mary
Where the wild sleeps at night
One Year Anniversary
White picket fence surrounding an abandoned yard