Saturday, September 08, 2007
It's Round Robin time again, now on Saturdays instead of Wednesdays. This week's topic, "Something Different," comes to us from Nancy of Nancy Luvs Pix, by way of the new Round Robin suggestion kitty. Nancy suggests that we "take a shot at something that they would never normally try to photograph. It's time for us to get out of our comfort zones, and open our eyes to the various art that exists, but is perhaps hidden somewhat."
I'm not sure I can live up to all that, but this Challenge comes at an appropriate moment for me. As many of you know, I recently started work at a new job, across town from my old job at First Magnus. For over two years I had spent most of my time on one three mile stretch of Wilmot Road, obsessively photographing the many moods of the Santa Catalina Mountains as seen from Fifth and Wilmot, plus the grounds of St. Michael's, sunsets seen from Safeway, and miscellaneous neighborhood sights.
But now suddenly I'm driving about 19 miles roundtrip each day, down Golf Links to Aviation Highway, and north across downtown and beyond to get to my office. Instead of staring at Mount Lemmon and the Crosswalk of Death, I'm navigating a corridor that separates the city from Davis Monthan Air Force Base, and through construction, heavy traffic and one way streets at what is called City Center but is really just east of I-10 on the western edge of Tucson. That's where downtown is, near the ancient, buried habitations of people that came before, cowboys and miners, the Spanish and, across many centuries, several different native tribes and civilizations.
Of course, I'm not actually seeing the Spanish and the Hohokam and the rest these days, much less photographing them. What I've photographed this week, mostly pointing my camera out a car window as I rush past shortly before sunset, is a selection of 20th century architecture.
This is not an ideal way to photograph anything, let alone large buildings that are too close to photograph in their entirety, without perspective problems and bits of my car showing. But here are some of the more successful attempts, mostly edited to compensate for pre-sunset murkiness and distorted angles.
This isn't the first time I've set out to photograph architecture, though. When I was about 13 years old, I went to Cape Cod with my family, and blew an entire roll of film on Cape Cod architecture. Since then I've occasionally photographed buildings and bridges, signs and structures. Even so, it's different from the bulk of what I've been photographing over the past several years.
I have to say I'm not terribly happy with the photos I've managed to take so far. If I had an hour for lunch, or got off work when the sun was higher in the sky, or dragged myself across town before rush hour instead of during or after (yeah, like that's going to happen!), then maybe I could find a way to photograph these buildings and bridges and signs properly in bright sunshine, from the right distance at the right angles. But these will do for now, snapshots of my daily commute, very different views and different subject matter from the same old mountains, the same old sunsets.
I suppose if I really were to go for photographic subjects that I normally stay away from, I'd try for butterflies and bees, or human portraiture. These aren't feasible for me right now, though. I've been working long hours at this new job, with nary a butterfly in sight. And while I'm surrounded by people, I hesitate to ask to photograph anyone. My job is not really a done deal yet. I'm still a temp, hoping to learn next week that I'm to be a real employee of the company itself. Even though I'm careful not to write anything too specific about Anonymous Regional Retailer! online, I'd rather not advertise the fact that I take my words and pictures and put them online. Although I'm not be doing anything wrong, explaining the whole blogging thing and related privacy issues would probably not be a good idea right now, with my professional future on the line.
If you'd like to participate in the Round Robin Photo Challenges, you're more than welcome! Please check the Round Robin blog for details. Meanwhile, here's a list of people participating in this Challenge. Check them out!
Karen - POSTED!
Carly - POSTED!
Janet - POSTED!
Fond Of Photography
Pictures of Craziness
Nancy - POSTED!
Nancy Luvs Pix
Suzanne R - POSTED!
New Suzanne R's Life
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Boliyou - POSTED!
Vicki - POSTED!
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Tara - POSTED!
A Long Walk Home ***Welcome New Member***
Teena - POSTED!
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