Not Compelling Pictures

I was in town the other day and I had my camera in the car so I took a short walk and made a few images.  As I read Fred Herzog’s book Modern Color, and listen to David duChemin’s videos, I realize what I don’t like about my pictures made on the streets of Hanover.  They are flat, lifeless, and dead.  I made these images just past noon on a Friday and the town appears mostly empty of people.  There weren’t even many cars, just the big trucks moving through the town.  Another problem, if there were people on the streets they would not want me taking pictures of them.  If I am going to take pictures on the streets I’m going to have to work hard at it, and even then, they might not be worth it.  Are they worth making if all they show is that downtown Hanover is lifeless and dead? 

One comment

  1. Photo A Day

    I think there is a struggle when there are not I popping colors or shadows so deep it’s like looking into an abyss. But part of photography is showing what is there. Maybe even showing why it is there. Looking back at pictures of the mundane will remind a viewer that the past wasn’t some glorious time…or even its opposite. It just was. Quotidian is the word I think.

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