"It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary." David Bailey
A good place to find ordinary to transform into the extraordinary when working with the camera is a place where people have discarded things that are no longer of value to them. It can be a single item or as complex as a ghost town. This auto graveyard was a find next to a body shop outside of Washburn, WI. A number of pre-1950's vehicles in various states of rusted decay are scattered about a mowed field as though they fell out of the sky. I can spend literally hours, transfixed by mindful attention to shape, detail, composition, and form. These are the places that warrant return, as more often than not, you go back one day and they are gone.
Looking forward to the warmer weather and bringing to fruition landscaping projects that have been mulled over across the winter, from sitting in ice shacks to staring at the fire. Still hopeful to have my grandson move in with me for the next school year. Just he, I, and the dog make a good bachelor team at Rauhallinen Farm. Will attempt to get down in the canyons of the Black River this weekend to photograph the Spring thaw and the avalanche of water and mist it produces, especially below the various waterfalls. Too early to try the Sturgeon River without using crampons and ropes. A tradition April-May field activity that is always a challenge and a bit dangerous if you are not paying attention. The roar of the flooded river is so loud, you could not hear another human shouting if they were a foot away.