What I was looking for.

By: Darrell Klein

Apr 02 2007

Category: Art, Creativity, Image, photography


Photo:  Close to Home #3 – Mt. Juliet, TN

I pass by the place depicted in this image almost every day.  As is suggested by the title of the photo, it is close to where I live.  I have wanted to photograph this location for quite some time.  However, there always seemed to be something that kept me from doing so.  Probably the most frequent cause of my not photographing this location was the fact that I did not have my camera with me (a problem I am trying to remedy).

Even when I did have my camera with me, it seemed that something just wasn’t right with the scene.  Maybe the lighting wasn’t quite right so I didn’t even bother to stop.  This place almost always seems to have an interesting old vehicle parked out front but there were many times when there would be a newer vehicle parked there as well which ruined the vibe that this place has going for it. 

I had seen this van parked there for a few days and decided that I needed to act even if things were not perfect.  I had no idea when this van might be gone, perhaps forever.  I needed to act quickly.  So, while out on a photo trek yesterday afternoon, I decided that it was time to stop.  However, when I was heading out in the afternoon, the scene still did not look right so I didn’t stop for a photo. 

I kept going and went about the business of my photo excursion.  When I was on my way back home for the evening, I topped the hill and saw that the scene was quite good now since the light was much better than when I had come through earlier.  I had to stop and turn around but I did so and finally captured the image that had been in my mind for quite some time. 

I do intend to go back but I am quite satisfied with this capture.  The scene was by no means perfect.  I would have liked a better sky for starters.  In fact, there was a newer car parked close by but I was able to exclude it from the frame and still get the shot I wanted.  I suppose the lesson I took from all of this is that if I wait until the scene is perfect for all of my shots, I will not be very prolific with my photography.

5 comments on “What I was looking for.”

  1. Wow, this shot sure reminds me of William Eggleston who got a lot of attention in the 60’s for doing these “ordinary” shots of the US in colour. It was the colour that made him almost radical at the time as there wasn’t much colour work done by photographic “artists” up to that point.

  2. Thanks for the compliments. I find your pictures very fascinating, they have such a nice feel to them. Very nostalgic for me – they remind me of where I’m from in Pennsylvania. If you don’t mind I would like to add you to my blogroll – let me know. Keep up the good work.

  3. Thank you as well for the compliments. I would be more than happy for you to add me to your blogroll. I will return the favor as I really enjoy looking at your work as well.

  4. Wow neath thanks for the kind words. I am very familiar with Eggleston’s work and I really identify with it. It is a goal of mine to make the ordinary extraordinary with my photography much as he did. I might not always succeed but I sure do enjoy trying.

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