Shift in Focus

June 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Over the last few months or so, I have been acknowledging a shift in focus (if you will) of what my interest in photographing has become. It's coming back around to nature photography, the exact same road I explored when I first started out. But it's different now. It's more personal. 

 
Love (Self) Life

 

I love urban photography, and that will probably never fully stop. I just think for now, I have explored enough of Lowell. Much of the dilapidated buildings, subject material that I absolutely love to photograph, is rapidly being replaced with some great new architecture. And watching Lowell move deeper into its renewal is exciting.

 
Recently I purchased the perfect nature photographers car, a Subaru Outback. Perfect because the gas mileage doesn't limit me like my old vehicle did. Perfect because it's much easier, with the AWD, to explore back roads and trails during the mud and winter seasons here in New England. Perfect because it's a hatchback and there is an instant canopy of protection against the elements when I open up the back. I can easily load up the vehicle and go. And do it with some style if you ask me!
 
Framed
Trap Falls

I have already been on two photography road trips since I purchased the car two months ago. One was a lovely camping trip to upper Vermont, a state I haven't been to in 30 years. The other trip was to central Massachusetts searching out mountain tops and waterfalls within a 50 mile radius of my home in Lowell. I have another camping trip coming up this weekend and hope to hit a mountain peak or two with some great hikes. 
 
In many ways, it's really nice to "come home" to me. It's been in the making since last fall. My adventures in urban photography was fun and I managed to capture so many buildings around Lowell that no longer exist because of the new construction. But my interest in nature photography started when I was in high school and in many ways, it's the stuff that makes me weep sometimes. Urban photography has the influence of the human hand. Nature photography has the influence of the hand of mother earth.
 
The header image is an HDR image I took while I stood above the Glen Falls in Vermont. A friend pointed out the "avatar" feel to it and I must admit, it is probably the reason why I like it so much, because I loved the cinematography in the movie "Avatar". 


Knowing me, this will last a little while and I will fall back to urban photography. Especially if I leave the city boundaries of Lowell and start exploring other villages and towns on the north shore. I also have a very interesting art project in mind. Currently, I am waiting for the supplies to be delivered. I look forward to the results of that project. Could be a lot of fun! More details to come in future posts.
 
Nearing Days End
 

 


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