I got to thinking the other day about the things around us that are always there, so ubiquitous we don’t even notice them anymore. Once I started paying attention, I found quite a few of these things.
Generally, they fall into the category of infrastructure, things that make up the foundation on which the rest of our lives are based. Yes, they can be mundane, but they serve a purpose, often an important purpose.
I started thinking about ways to photograph these elements that are always “in plain view,” and immediately thought they’re so drab that the photos wouldn’t be worth much. Then I wondered if there were new and different ways to photograph these items, or novel ways to display photos of them.
Well, yes, I thought, there might be some ways to insert some creativity into photos of things that are the polar opposite of creative. There are different angles, unusual lighting, various views. And those are just the organic methods. There are also some software solutions—different presentations, filters, vignettes, crops, colorizations.
Still, you never know until you try. So I snapped some photos with my phone, and I snapped some photos with my camera. I loaded them into various pieces of photographic software, and started playing.
And here are the first two sets of results, taken on different days with different cameras.
I stumbled upon a random suburban street in my general neighborhood, and picked it because parking was available. (Nothing like having a noble motive, huh?) And I started snapping away with my phone.
Powerlines with a vapor trail in the sky? That’s what the lens saw. Monkeying around with the color helped to intensify parts of the image and minimize others (just as the tutorial said it would.)
A few days later and a few miles to the south, I tried a similar exercise with a different camera.