At the end of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy says to Auntie Em and Uncle Henry “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.” I like this quote because it suggests living in the moment and having a certain appreciation for what you have and not what you don’t. I decided to apply that thought as inspiration for this week’s photo walk. I actually went a little further than my own yard, but I kept pretty close to home. After all, there’s no place like it!
I live in the town of West Chester, PA. It is the county seat of Chester County, which basically means we have a lot of government peeps and many, many lawyers. It is also home to West Chester University. Soooo, we got a bunch of lawyers and a bunch of college kids. Sounds like a winner combo to me! Did I mention we have lawyers?
It’s really a great place to live. There are lots of restaurants, cute shops, and of course, there is a Starbucks.
Taking pics in a town setting is very different than in a garden or park setting. I know that must seem, obvious? The challenge for me is that I like to keep my pictures simple. If you look at my other work, they have a very defined subject, If there is only one flower in the picture, it’s not hard to figure out what I want you to look at. When you are in more of an urban setting, there is a lot of stuff around. The trick is to figure out how to compose the picture, not to mention the mechanics of getting the exposure right. I mean, how do you narrow down all this?
And this is already narrowed down! What I started to do was look for unusual items that I could photograph like I photograph the flowers. Things like parking meters, street signs and fence posts.
I don’t know, but I feel like this glove is on the verge of an obscene gesture. It was a little early on a Sunday. Maybe it hadn’t had it’s coffee yet.
So I saved the best for last. This is a close up of the side of a phone booth.
It’s unfortunate that it’s a bit blurry because it is far and away the best subject I found for the day…aside from what I have planned for Wednesday’s post. But you’ll have to check back for that!
You know what else you can find occasionally in urban settings? FLOWERS!