Day thirty and it was about 72 degrees in Chaumont, NY. That's terrific for this region on April First.
Well, my day was pretty much under control until late afternoon I discover a message on my answering machine. It was from an old friend whom I have not seen in quite a few years. It was Shotgun Billy Read from Nashville, Tennesee. A terrific guy, song writer and technology rep for numerous corporations. For whatever reason I missed him until late this afternoon. He returns to Nashville tomorrow. Anyway, we got together had some chinese food and caught up with each other. Then we had a beer at the Padddock Club in Watertown, NY. (I know, Lent isn't over, I had an alcohol free beer, a Labatt Nordic. I don't think that's cheating). Without going into all of the details, I had to drop Bill off at the Mercy Medical Center in Watertown where he was to meet up with his wife. So it's about 8:25pm, there's still some light in the sky. As he is getting out of my car I notice the Mercy building sillohetted against the sky with this window lit up. The graphic quality of the scene told me "Take My picture, take my picture." So I took the picture. I showed the image to Bill on the camera's screen. He was impressed and surprised. I find that happens with a lot of people who are with me, standing right next to me as I snap a photo. They have no clue what I am seeing until I show it too them.
For me it's a simple, visual delight. The world is beautiful wherever we turn our eyes. What you have in this photo are four elements: The tree, building, sky, and window. At a certain time of day they come together and this is what it looks like.
If Shotgun hadn't called me then I would never have seen or taken this picture. It also reminds me of something else. In my early days with photography I would drive all over, walk all over, searching for an interesting photo. Very often coming up empty. Now I don't go searching for photos. I have learned to keep an eye to my surroundings and be ready with a camera when a photo appears befor me.
Assignment photography is another animal. I am paid to be somewhere and make photos that satisfy a clients requirements. Some of those situations can be visually barren. What I do then is just start shooting, trying various angles, lenses, lighting and whatever. In those situations there is always a photo, but it's more a process of extracting it from what I have to work with rather than have it jump out at me. Or so it seems to me. Gary