Yesterday, I returned to the source – the site that produced my “muse” image. After not visiting for two years, I wanted to see if anything was different – or perhaps more importantly, if I would see anything differently. It is not a glamorous spot by any means, in fact, just the opposite. Still, I find it to be as comforting as it is precarious. It is located under a highly traveled bridge. The bridge spans a river and rail line with a small embankment on which to cross to the walking trail on the other side. When standing under the bridge, the noise of the cars speeding overhead is extremely unsettling, yet I try to stay as long as possible. I like the contrast between the seclusion of the embankment and the crowded travel of the highway above. And, of course, there are good things to see.
In this last image from under the bridge, I especially like the melding of the concrete and the tag…it is almost difficult to tell which happened first – the paint or the distress to the support beam.
Today, I walked into a new environment – the basement at the shop. A relatively small space, but definitely not lacking for eye candy. Despite the differences presented by the obvious open air versus underground environments, the spaces held numerous similarities: seclusion accompanied by nearby “traffic”, a certain neglect brought about by the nature of each location, potentially dangerous access areas and surprising aesthetic value.
Because of the strength of the similarities between these two environments, I felt a “mash-up”, or to be more technically eloquent, a composite image would be entirely appropriate. And, without having this in mind prior to my site visits, I think this evolved quite nicely:
Thank you for following along with my thinking-out-loud method of posting this evening…
Enjoy your night!