Now I remember - December 11, 2005

This weekend, mostly today, I finally got out during the day and did some real photography. I have no idea how any of it came out because I deliberately am not going to look at what’s there until I’m done writing this.

It was a crappy week. Jess was (and still is) away, but I had made the decision that I was going to try to get out most nights through the week and do some shooting. But then last weekend I got sick. So every evening it was all I could do to drag my ass home after work, medicate my sinuses as well as the general aches and pains, and maybe—MAYBE—watch a movie. Essentially I was cooped up all week and the only social interaction I got was at work. By the end of the week, I was kind of stir crazy. And really missing Jess.

Of all the weeks to get sick.

But by Friday I was feeling better. And today I walked around my favorite South Boston photo-grounds and took about a hundred pictures. Honestly, this time away from photography was good. I wasn’t thinking at all about what I was taking pictures of. I guess I was feeling what I was photographing. I kept thinking in my head that it felt like the photographic equivalent of impressionism. I felt like one of those birds—I can’t remember which kind—which is attracted by sparkly things. I believe it used these things as part of its nest. I just walked around and looked for things, which to me, were “sparkly.” Not literally, of course. But I suppose I am taking them home as part of my nest.

What I wasn't doing was analyzing and intellectualizing everything. I was just taking pictures of what I felt like taking pictures of.

I’ll admit it: after this week, half of the joy was just being outside.

Anyway, it put me in a great mood. I walked around until my back got tired. I was pretty beat. It was only 3:30 and the sun was already looking to be on the set. It had been low in the sky all day—that unmistakable winter feel that's so pervasive it almost becomes part of your character for a couple of months. I’m assuming that will be a dominant theme in the set. I think I’ll go look now… hee hee!

This photo was actually shot yesterday when it was a bit overcast. Hence no low sun effect here. But there are some shots from that day coming up that I just love.

There's something about this photograph which is aesthetically caught up in the mood I've been in for the last week or so.


Tom, glad you have returned and with such a great shot too! I love the composition and the patterns of snow of the rails.

Posted by: Bob on December 12, 2005 07:58 AM

Nice composition in this pattern shot. At least you're getting out while I'm in withdrawal.

Posted by: Richard Beaubien on December 14, 2005 09:26 AM

Nice composition on this one!

Posted by: My Camera Eye on December 30, 2005 11:39 AM