Thanks to Lynford Morton of Phototour DC and creating his Photo Project 2013 on Google +, this week I’ve been given a new photography assignment. The project? A composition and perspective challenge to photograph a subject by going around 360 degrees. Trying to find a perspective that goes beyond the first look of the subject.
Also known as “Working the subject” this exercise helps to look at something in countless different ways. I had headed up to Baltimore this morning in search of a bird (yes I found it) and drove briefly through Druid Hill Park. A park steeped in history, Druid Park has ended up being a beautiful inner city park where safety is a bit of a concern.
I discovered this old abandoned home shown in the image above. My first perspective was it being framed by the trees. Somehow the sepia tone worked better for this photo.
My next perspective brought me a bit closer to the home.
Where I started to appreciate the archways and doorways of the home.
I liked the cupola on the roof, and the random brick in the exterior wall.
And I even noticed a random pair of sport shoes abandoned nearby.
I wanted to walk a full 360 degrees around the house, but there was crime scene tape towards the back. Granted it was old, but made me still wonder what had happened.
And then the image that tells a story. A story of a boarded up, and forgotten home. Left in the middle of a city where anger and frustration lies. Where those who forget that they are in a beautiful and natural park, still want to leave remnants of ugliness. Warning: Some may find this image offensive
I contemplated editing out the words left behind for all the world to read. But then, the message would be gone. So here it goes…
I know that this is a post that isn’t my standard pretty butterflies, flowers and happy happy, joy joy. But being reminded of the dark side helps us to appreciate the bright side of life.
For this Google + photo group, Anyone can join! Whether you want to do a project 365, or project 52 or just post in the photo challenges, this is a great group to post your photos and share with others.
Of course I need to share the bird and leave you with a happy happy, joy joy feeling. 🙂 These are Yellow Crowned Night Herons that have just returned from their winter vacation.