Feb 04

The postman.

The Original Mr. Grumpy Pants

The thing about my walkabout today has been irking me since it happened.  I was on the corner of Meeting and Broad, and turned and photographed this postal worker emptying mail bins.  He pointed right at me and said, “Hey.  Stop doing that right now.”  So I smiled at him and said okay, and didn’t take any more frames.  (But I saw a shot in the making.)  Here’s the thing.  I was on public property, and he was on public property.  So I am pretty sure I had the right to be taking his photograph.  I’m not sure what would’ve happened if I had continued shooting.  At any rate, this is Mr. Grumpy Pants, the Mailman, I’ll call him.

…..so, I can’t use that idea for my shot today. (LOL) I walked through the little garden at the Hollings Judicial Center and took this shot instead.   Fritz Hollings was one of the Governor’s of South Carolina.  His family, his father, used to live in this house.  He was Adolph Hollings.  More on that some other time.  This is some judge…..Byrnes, I think.

The Judge

Feb 03

West Wall at the Baptist School

Does the water work?

As you may have guessed by the title, this shot was taken in front of the west wall of the Baptist School on Meeting Street.  I just thought the lines and color of this were interesting.

This is my fourth day into the project.  I watched a video today (for school) about Henri Cartier-Bresson.  He was leafing through some of his photographs, and talking about how they happened.  He’d say, “Oh, this one was an accident.”  Then the next one: “This one was yes, no, yes, no, wait, YES!” talking about snapping the shutter at just the right time.  I love Cartier-Bresson’s work.  Who doesn’t, really?  At the end of the video, Elliott Erwitt came on, and talked a little bit about Bresson, and photography.  About what Cartier-Bresson’s work had meant to him.  Then he said, that photography isn’t so much about “how much” you know.  It is more about being able to see.

This is what I am trying to do with this project.  It is really an exercise for me.  Like push-ups.  I am working on being aware, being in the moment, with the moment.  Looking.  Seeing.

Feb 02

There’s a deaf dog on Atlantic.

Dapper Dog

This is my third day of the project.  At this point, I am not so much concerned with making earth-shattering images, as I am with getting out, and seeing.  So today, I did another trial with a quick walk, camera in hand.  This time down Water St. to East Bay to Atlantic and back up to Meeting.  Not so many good choices when I got home today.  However, I often pass this dog on Atlantic Street, and I love him/her.   The sign on the gate says:  “Deaf Dog”

I am wondering if he knows sign language.  He looks smart enough to me.

Feb 01

King Street Door

Door on King Street

Again, a short walk in the other direction.  This time up King Street.  This old door caught my eye for the first time, and I must have walked by it at least a hundred times.  So this is telling me one thing for sure….if I start working, and looking, with a camera in my hand, I will start to see a little differently.  I just took a Lightroom course from Chris Orwig.  This was one thing that he suggested we do… walk around with a camera for a few days…. everywhere we go .  So, that’s all I got for tonight.

Jan 31

Day One, for lack of a better title

Covers on Ladson.

Today, for the first day of the project, I just set out with my camera for one looop around the short block.  Meeting to Ladson to King to Prices Alley to Meeting.  That was it.  I wanted to keep it very limited, to see what I could see.  This was an exercise in forcing me to look, and also in thinking about what I could do with certain images in post production.

And this is what I came up with:  Some watermeter covers on Ladson.  I’m not sure there are really meters underneath.  It could be the entrance to the long, lost civilization of Borrowers, or Swamp Rats, or just a bunch of Little People.

Jan 04

one times 365 plus seven

Fifty two weeks just doesn’t quite seem right.  So 53 it is.  My latest big idea is to create one image, each day, for 365 days.  Sure, others have done it.  Some have tried.  But this will be a great exploration for me.  So, as Prince Gautama Siddharta once said…. “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.”

I’m on it.

But do you like my hat?

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