This post should be titled inspiration.
I thought this week's prompt would be simple. I love black and white photography and although I don't often shoot in that format, I enjoy processing portraits and cityscapes into b/w. But I was so overwhelmed by what I was seeing in the pool that in the end I decided to let your photos be my guide. I could easily have done a post for each day of the week (do you think the other muses would mind?).
I bounced back and forth between human and animal portraits, landscapes, and macro views of exquisite tiny objects. In the end, I kept coming back to the photo below by Kat Eye View. To be honest, the story behind this other photo by Kat, of a rustic wall and window in Italy, also had me nodding in acknowledgment. I too, sometimes unconsciously, look for the flaws when I am shooting a photograph, or writing, or editing. Not following the rules, not being perfect, these are personality traits I possess (as anyone who knows me could attest to). It had seldom occurred to me to embrace these traits and make them part of my creative expression. What a revelation.
I've always loved sneak peeks into someone else's existence, even if it is old and broken down and without a roof. My photo is of the warden's house on Alcatraz, the former prison now a tourist destination. The prison itself is fascinating, but I found myself captivated by the other buildings where the staff and their families once resided. Someone cooked, bathed, laughed, lived here - even within shouting distance of a concrete building housing some of the worst of the criminals of that time. Life doesn't fit into a neat little box. Neither should my photography.
How does your character express itself in your photos?
Uploaded by Kat Eye View on 10 Jul 10, 1.46PM PDT.
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