I certainly think signs are super interesting to look at even when I am not absorbing what it is they are trying to convey to me.
There are so many signs visible at this corner that I almost don't know where to look; no matter, it's the greater whole that draws me in.
I have a show next month Urban Eats Cafe in south St. Louis on Meramec Street. Have you been? They have drinks called boozies. That's smoothies + booze. What more could you need to know?
Back to the show: It's called "Sign Language". I will have photos of signs. All kinds. Little, big. Metal, neon. Maybe even paper. Man, there will be some materials that I haven't even mentioned yet, I'll bet. You don't want to miss this!
I don't know if this photo will be in the show yet. You'll have to come see. The show is going to be full of all kinds of crazy surprises like that.
I loved my old camera. I took some of my favorite photos with it. It did well with closeups, and its black and white setting was just so nice (neither are qualities shared with my current camera, even though it does other things very nicely.)
It began having troubles a couple of years ago and only worked sporadically. The viewfinder kept going out and that just wouldn't do. So I replaced it with the new guy and have rarely had occasion to pick it up since then.
Yesterday I was looking at the light as it came in the window and the way it was gently highlighting the plants above my bed and I wanted to capture it so I tried to fire up the old camera because it seemed like a shot that was perfect for it -- something that needed a little close-up detail, and that I was envisioning in black and white.
At first the camera didn't work but I tried different batteries and jostling this and tugging on that and it finally kicked into gear and took the photo above. I am happy to have it revived; it's like an old friend I've been missing.
I've not been so great about taking pictures for some time but I'm making an effort to do it even when I think I don't have time or don't have any ideas, etc. After I do it, I'm always glad I did.
Last weekend I went out to take some photos for an upcoming show at Urban Eats Cafe*. The first show will be mostly pictures of signs, so this is more of an outtake than something I'll use, but it just seemed to south St. Louis to me and also felt like pictures I used to take a couple of years ago and I sort of miss those pictures and anyway....
I especially like documenting things that are rarely seen or are disappearing. The design sensibility of days gone by tends to make me swoon, as do rural Midwestern landscapes. I primarily use digital cameras, although I do have a great fondness for toy cameras and Polaroids, and use those as well. Thank you for taking the time to look at my work!