Cottage, Academy Street
(You can tell I'm happy because I'm waving to you)
You can’t make omelets without breaking eggs and you can’t make photographs without getting out your camera. You also have to be ready to photograph when the opportunity presents itself. On January 20 I took the opportunity to spend some time photographing an old house undergoing renovation. I went inside the construction fence and was photographing on the porch when the job superintendent walked up. I asked him if it was permissible to be photographing inside the construction fence. He said that was no problem. I decided to raise the bet and asked him if I could also photograph inside the house. His reply was, “Sure, I’ll go unlock the door.” The next hour and a half was one of the happiest times I have spent photographing, since, well, last September’s photo safari.
I had permission (no fear of being tossed out), access to a very desirable location (the ultimate photographic accessory) and very nice light. I was also alone, which is fairly important, because with the house in an advanced state of demolition, my footsteps shook the house when I walked. What started out as a short trip to make a few photographs evolved into a study of a very special place.
(Another version of this happy snap (minus the waving hand) will be part of this project when I get around to completing this project.)