Sunday, January 31, 2010

Random stop on the road

I was driving to my parent's house today and realized that I was going to miss out on the golden hour on the first sunny day we've had in a long time, so despite the fact that I was no where special, I decided to park right then and there (lucky for me there were no cars behind me, because I slammed on the breaks pretty hard) and shoot whatever I saw. I have to tell you a not-so-secret: EVERYTHING looks great in that magical golden hour. Look, it was just a fence, but in that golden light it just looks nostalgic:

Fence at sunset

And this one. In any other time of day, it's just a dried up weed. Doesn't it look pretty here though?

in the snow

or here:

winter flowers in the snow

And this would be a boring shot without that beautiful light:

wood fence

So the next time you find yourself with even an extra 5 minutes during this wonderful time, drop what you're doing and take 5 minutes to look around. You'll be amazed with how much you'll see.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Picasso in Chicago

I was walking to the train the other day from seeing Addams Family on Broadway, which was amazing, and noticed that the great Picasso statue in front of the Daley Center still had the holidays on it's mind. Everyone always photographs it from the front, which has been said to resemble a bird, horse, baboon or...ahem...a French woman who used to pose for Picasso a lot around that time. But seen from the back, it looked to me just like I was sneaking up to a man who was just realizing that I was behind him and was about to turn and see who's coming. It looks like a set of shoulders, just about to rise in defense, not knowing whether to be cautious or not. It looks like a person's face and the shape of their head and neck at the same time. Someone who you can literally see right through.

Picasso in Chicago
Isn't it fabulous how you can walk past something a dozen times and think you see and know everything there is to see, but then one day it catches you completely unaware and you see a completely new perspective. A facet previously hidden, just waiting for you to reach out of yourself and discover it. Look for it the next time you're called in for Jury Duty :D