Last week finished off making a print to hang in a local group show, which is both fun and stressful. I like printing, but the framing bit is a drag. This is a small show, and I don’t expect a lot from it, but I just want to keep taking whatever opportunity comes along to hang something. It’s good practice.
I also went out to three locations over two nights, for a total of about 2-3 hours of actual shooting. I admit that I wasn’t feeling the most motivated for a variety of reasons, but honestly it was pretty convenient so I was able to get out there and look around. This is a pretty typical or even a little more than a typical week for me. I try to get one session a week at least.
The first session was a corner in southeast Minneapolis that I’ve never photographed, pretty much home turf. There are a lot of little business corners in the city, sprinkled between the turn-of-the-century craftsman homes that make up a lot of the area. I had been out to dinner, and went walking after we parted. It was raining, which is both a blessing and a curse. The rain is great for night photos and cool shiny reflections. But walking around in the rain in late october at night is still being out in the rain; it’s cold and damp. I’m also aware that my lens is not weather sealed.
There are some restaurants, a couple of superettes, a bike shop, a hardware store and a couple of other places that occupy this area, and the reflections made for some better than average compositions. Because it was relatively early, about 10pm, there were still some people and cars around.
I was stressed from the week and the evening, so after walking the corner once I called it and headed home.
The next session was a couple of days later. I went out after spending the evening with my senior parents. I try to spend some time with them each week just to keep up with what is going on in their lives. As seniors, they have their share of needs and ailments, and my mom is currently going through a third chemo treatment for ovarian cancer that she has been dealing with since 2013.
The first stop was an “industrial park” near their home in the suburbs. We’ve had a string of warmer days, so it was still kind of nice out, maybe 45F. I went in with an open mind not knowing what was back here, looking for parking lot trees and anything else that caught my eye. After a half hour I was feeling unsatisfied. I like these spaces - the empty parking lots, the machinery and loading docks, the blank walls. But I was just feeling like the compositions were not coming together. There are photos here I think, I just wasn’t seeing them. Or perhaps I’m becoming more selective. Maybe further review at some point in the future will change my opinion.
From there I decided to stop in another part of the suburbs on my way home. I chose an area in a first ring suburb that was developed and re-developed starting in the 60s and kind of continuing. It’s a mixed bag of architecture from a 60s era liquor store to a dentist building built about 15 years ago, all anchored by an 80s strip mall.
It was a couple of days before I reviewed the images from these sessions. I wasn’t feeling that great about either session, and the state of the country - the pipe bombs and synagogue shooting - left me feeling like taking art photos is pretty trivial. There are a couple of images in there that after some editing were worth posting to IG.
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