To answer my own ?…photography is about capturing a moment & sharing it. Although I have reservations about social media, blogging seems an interesting conduit for displaying my images along with thoughts about visual communication. The downside of doing a blog is my spelling, syntax and grammar are casualties when ideas get transferred through a keyboard. I do appreciate feedback and critique of my photos. However, if you feel compelled to comment on my attempts at prose then I suggest you research Kurt Vonnegut’s novel SLAPSTICK and his correlation between a flying doughnut and the moon.
I will begin with a recent image. I had driven by the signs on the freeway far to many times without stopping. So my last trip returning from DC I went upriver alongside the Potomac with Antietam as my destination. I hadn’t wandered with my camera for a while & I enjoy the challenge of capturing a historic perspective. Its not urban, it’s not landscape, it’s not action, it’s not nature, it’s not traveling. This silent canon barks no more on a battlefield where over 3500 soldiers died in one day. My images & understanding are dwarfed by early photojournalists like Gardner and Brady.
In some locations I try to use the camera to look back in time. I framed & focused the canon with the red fall leaves to emphasize cause and effect.
This location for obvious reasons reminded me of a doc I shot for Mark Bussler at Gettysburg. We didn’t have post-card perfect weather then but it was consistent. If you always want perfect weather/lighting for outdoor photography you will end up disappointed most of the time. You need to see what the day gives you and take advantage of it.