Or some street close by. Last Saturday I noticed a building while I was driving down Chatham Street. It’s been there a really long time and I have wanted to photograph it, but the light has never been quite right for me. Well, the light was pretty darn good last weekend. I said, “If it’s sunny tomorrow, I will be back at this time and make some photographs.” Sunday afternoon was sunny and I packed up the photo gear and was headed out the door. On the way out, I looked at the thermometer. It read 34F. “Hah!” I sneered, “I’ve just been to Inner Mongolia in January and 34F is shirtsleeve weather.” Despite the bravado, I put on the thermal wear, flop top photo mittens (See the blog for December 27) grabbed my stocking cap and went out to photograph.
Most landscape photographers like to photograph exotic locations or picturesque places. I am inspired by Adam’s photographs of Yosemite and Weston’s pictures of Point Lobos. These are really beautiful locations, but we need to remember those are just “backyard photographs." for those photographers. Adams lived in Yosemite and Point Lobos was down the road from Wildcat Hill. Both Strand and Sudek photographed in their backyards and made great photographs. Today's thought is, you really don’t have to head off to the outer reaches of the world to find something to photograph.