Posts tagged ‘Alley’

January 18, 2015

Securing the light

Creative block is not devoid of color; it is rather filled with it. The disconnect comes in the lack of motivation. You can still see what you need to see, but you can’t see reason to cultivate outcomes. I ran into this color wall in October but avoided it for almost three months as if it were chasing me. I’m way behind in editing photos. I haven’t taken any since December 13th while attempting to comb through the backlog.
Securing the light

September 7, 2014

Keep what you want

I’m not sure if this image is about what it’s about. Left or right or back from whence you came?
Keep what you want
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June 12, 2014

The banality of info

I deleted everyone and everything I was following on Twitter. It seemed like it was all scurrying past me like rats through an alleyway. Eventually the list will repopulate, differently. Doing my best not to be rat-like on Madison Street today, I dropped some change in a purple-hatted man’s empty cup who said he liked my shirt. I was wearing pink. “Really, you like this,” I offered. “I want the Lord to take me right now,” he said. All I had for him was, “I think you’re gonna be alright.” He picked up and walked away.
The banality of info

June 8, 2014

The interconnectedness of things

I think my favorite parts of The Loop are the alleys. They’re the least-photographed niches of downtown, and a few of them are truly beautiful. The way they connect – how they surprise with access to vantages – it can blow your mind. It gives me a different sense of space to photograph from inside them. It’s like entering an artery with an opportunity to see. This is a busy one, difficult to photograph, with lots of people scurrying through. If you look up you go dizzy.
The interconnectedness of things
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May 5, 2014

Emergent, slippers

I appreciate this guy, greatly. The dress-down thing works, especially when dressed in the same color from head to toe. Can’t imagine leaving those things under the bed, however, after trekking alleys like this one.
Emergent, slippers
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June 9, 2013

The pool’s out back

Today marks 365 posts for this blog. That’s not 365 in a row, but this is the 365th post. I’ll hit 365 straight on Wednesday. There’s your notice, officially. Funny how I was asked about when 365 in a row is going to be here today for the first time. I wasn’t sure when the one-year of daily blogging actually hit until I looked it up a few minutes ago. The pressure is on for something above average for Wednesday. Haha, it’s funny to say that… something above average for Wednesday, the most average day of the week. But I’ve already started writing that post. Yes.

This is a relatively simple image requiring very little post processing or pre-photo consideration. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t reworked a million times during editing. The perspective is all off, but because the building and doorway are, too it doesn’t need correcting. In fact, correcting the perspective only made things worse – further distorting the door or making something else look even more warped/crooked. After looking it over and again I decided there are several things that are not quite straight in this little alleyway, and I can’t remember what is straight. Certainly the door is not, but perhaps the pole was, so I left it that way.

That part of the explanation covered, I can’t figure out the swimming pool, either. I’m assuming it was getting thrown out, because nobody would be using this here in the alley and there’s the dumpster, right there on the right. The truly puzzling part of the equation, however, is what was this swimming pool for? If you go around the front of the building you find a sandwich shop next to a office supply store. Maybe there are apartments above?
The pool's out back
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May 11, 2013

Under the corner

This is a cool old building along Washington Street just west of the river. This corner is cut out to allow service vehicles to tunnel from the street across this edge for a couple of dozen feet, then down the alley. This alley that cozies up against a parking garage within the bowels of the building next door. That allows a lot of competing light to come through the makeshift security wall of metal fencing. The building next door also happens to be Boeing, and they have some of the more active security in town. They’re very nice, but they made me leave just after this one shot.
Under the corner
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May 3, 2013

Squeezing in St. Peter’s

When you can’t get back far enough to capture what you want, you end up 10 paces down an alley wishing the buildings on either side would go away. Then, after you frame up the church just so and click the shutter button for three long exposures, you hear voices. They fall down from the open windows above and kind of echo off the walls and make you wish you could have that in the photo, too. So you’re glad the walls are there in the end. And no, I’m not stupid enough to venture down an alley with nobody around. There were tons of people in the street. They just disappear when you make the exposure long enough.
Squeezing in St. Peter's
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February 8, 2013

Looking up or falling over? The Sears (Willis) Tower

People tend to think – or photographers, that is – that you need a tilt-shift lens to appropriately shoot large buildings. It dramatically lends to perspective and avoids that look of the buildings leaning way backward like they might be toppling over. That’s all well and good, but I like my photos to look how it feels to be there, and I feel like looking up at buildings feels like falling over. I don’t mind that they bend and fall away. The surreal quality lends to the impact.

Here, for instance, I love how the Sears (Willis) Tower tends to look as though it’s leaning out to look down the alley. The stretching away from the street-level subject matter to the top of the tower leaves this feeling of motion. This is the sort of craning I get whenever I’m peering up at this or another massive tower.
Looking up or falling over? The Sears (Willis) Tower
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November 2, 2012

A light at the end of the tunnel

It’s not really a tunnel, it’s an alley under construction, so there’s scaffolding all the way down. That narrows it down to exactly the width of one car, so you can image my trepidation walking ten feet in and wondering if a car would be coming. It did. I had the forethought to tuck myself into a gap and yank my tripod in with me when the van went through. They never saw me.
A light at the end of the tunnel
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