Walk a Mile In My Shoes - The One Mile Photo Project - Part One - New Albany, MS
Lately it seems my Delaware friend Dave has been challenging me to step out of my boundaries a little and get back to what I love doing. This latest challenge (if you want to call it that) dealt with confining yourself to one specific area and finding what you can to shoot and tell the story of that area. In this case, it was a one mile radius from whatever point you chose and I decided my home would be the center of the circle.
There is a website that will allow you to mark a spot on a map and then tell it how to draw a circle at whatever radius, and when I found out what was within one mile... I began thinking... what can I find that will be an interesting photo. One thing is for sure... if you don't look.... you certainly won't .....SEE as my friend in California, Peter Tellone, keeps stressing. He even teaches classes on how to ...SEE.
I decided to make the project even more interesting by shooting it on film - expired film. Film that went out of date in 2009. Yeah, crazy but.... it actually is still decent. And to add to that... I used a 25 year old Canon EOS 10S camera (close to top of the line when I bought it) along with a lens from 1989 - the Canon EF 80-200 F2.8.
That wasn't enough - I had to make it even more difficult. I mean, after all, what fun is a project if it doesn't challenge you? I shot the entire project horizontal with the idea that every image had to be cropped square. If you haven't shot square images then you don't know how difficult that can sometimes be for composition.
And when you shoot film... unless you are a wealthy person or have extra cash to spend.... you don't shoot more than two of each scene and one shot is even better.
This is part one of several for this project. Additional blog posts will follow as I complete the images.
This first photo reminds me of some of my buddies that are Arkansas fans. If I have to explain it.......
Take me to your leader!!! Doesn't it remind you of a space being... or pirate... or something like that? It is really nothing more than a shadow of the sign at a local gas company.
Behind the Red Door. This is a veiled reference to a film from the early 70s..... if you don't know what it is about then Google it but change the red to green. The reflection in the window seems a little naughty, don't you think?
Who, me??? Seriously? What you talkin' about???
Yes, even power lines can be photogenic.
On the evening of the Blue Moon.....
Random flowers on the next street up....
This reminded me of Mayberry.
Here comes the sun......
I know it isn't sharp... but for this I don't think it has to be.
Cycle of life.
For the first time ever.... I found my front door to be a photo subject.
Nicely done! Keep going!
It's humbling to inspire others. Mostly I was looking for some fun stretching of the "eye" and learning to see more as Peter points out and you re-iterated .
I like the discipline that film takes. At roughly a dollar a shot, all in, we can't afford to "spray and pray". There's a fine line between doing too much and not doing enough at a scene. We need to take some risks and not just the safe stuff we've seen before.
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