Saturday, June 14, 2008
Woodstock, ON, June 2008 [Click to embiggen]
Another red light photo from my recent adventure through the wilds on southwestern Ontario. I took this one precisely because I don't think anyone else might have ever taken a similar picture of this place.
Here's my logic: Everyone takes pictures of the Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building and the Grand Canyon. But who takes pictures of the shadows of the tower, the seedy streets three blocks away from the falls, the homeless man who fell through the Empire State's cracks, or the bus stop near the observation point overlooking the canyon?
No one, probably.
I guess I just want to be different.
Your turn: How are you different?
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I wish I took more pictures in the past of ordinary street scenes because they change so fast and no one seems to be documenting them much. I wish I had my brothers old baseball cards too. They'd be worth a lot today.
I like to talk to children that other people seem to be ignoring... I am my own person when it comes to parenting (i.e. no hyper-scheduling the kids or super-mega birthday parties so common in this suburban area)... I try to make the ones helping me at the checkout counter at the store smile when it looks as if their day is humdrum... I am a staight-shooter (you will know what I am thinking)...
my work takes me down similar streets often......there is sadness on the surface, and sometimes in behind the facade, but what i have found when I have had to take what I call the road to "nowhere" is that there is a beatiful human being waiting to be recognized.....waiting to tell their story.
hauntingly deep stories.....
love the photo.......it tells many stories.....
lol. I'm pretty sure you just called me a "no one". Back lanes, vacant lots, and random side street are some of my favourite photographic subjects.
I definitely follow your logic, and this is probably why I easily connect with much of your photography and writing.
Anyway, I'm different because I'm Canadian Mark - The soft spoken bagpipist with no Scottish heritage, who sells diamonds for a living and can quote all 6 Star Wars movies (using funny voices where applicable), all while incessantly searching for the Canadian Dream in Action.
I don't know anybody else who does all those things.
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