Here I am. I said that I would start a new blog for my photography. And I am glad that I finally have a playground for my work.
It has been a process getting back to this point. The point where my mind is active in exploration of color, shadows, lines and shape. To the point where I see something, and my mind automatically bends it, turns it around, crops it or puts it on a different plane. Sometimes my mind is strong, other times, it just can't be bothered. I let the photographic urge come and go on its own free will. I never worry. I know it will always return.
|The stairs in the renovated mill that I live in|
I live in the city of Lowell, MA and I love living here. Besides the incredible ethnic diversity, there is a growing artist community, so the galleries are numerous. But what I love the most is photographing this city. Lowell basically is the cornerstone to our nation's industrial revolution. Many of the cotton mills built in the mid 1800's are still standing to this day. In fact, I have the privilege of living in a renovated mill that was originally built in 1839.
Some of the mills are fraying at the seams and are dangerous (which make them photographically tempting and delicious). Others have been well tended to and serve as office space and housing. But each has its own signature, its own mood, its own story and I enjoy so much capturing the images.
But it's not just the mills. The mills were powered by the Merrimack and Concord Rivers, so there is ample opportunity to record the fierceness of the rivers during the spring runoff. My first bald eagle I saw in the wild was here in Lowell flying over the Merrimack. And the second time I had ever seen a beaver was smack dab downtown in one of the canals! Go figure.
When I do head out with my camera, it can last 3 hours (like today) or as much as 15 hours. There is so much to see that I never worry about running out of material or tiring of it.
For the record, the "Lowell Jan" header image and the stairway image included in this post are shots I took today in my happy wanderings. There are many, many more on my website Sentosa Wind, especially under the "Lowell" and "Latest Work" pages. Check it out!