I mention this, not as an excuse, but as a statement of fact. Living and working in the suburbs, while full of benefits, is a disadvantage for photography. Especially street photography. Commuting by car, in a hermetically sealed un-cultural bubble, from subdivision to industrial park and back, is not conducive to creativity.
It’s hard to see details. Or if you see something worthwhile, it’s a hazard to photograph safely, while piloting a car. While I didn’t particularly like New York City when I was a teenager, I now long for the visual stimulation. The walk though the city streets, the subway rides and drama of a congested and chaotic city, makes for great photographic fodder. I’m happy that I live in Austin. But someday, I would like to shoot in NYC for a month, uninterrupted.
I have romantic notions of seamlessly slipping in and out of Photography Mode, if I lived in a vibrant world-class city. I would use an iPhone or pocket camera for the perfect observational tool. Because of the lack of everyday opportunities, I make it a point to visit downtown, or shoot events and generally overindulge in photography during my trips.
Here’s a rare for me, suburban image, I shot with my iPhone. I like the emptiness with the graphic white lines and threatening storm clouds. I punished a lot of pixels, over processing this black and white, created in the iPhone with Snapseed. There’s almost a painterly quality to the skies.
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