Saturday, July 30, 2011

Last in the series








We spent two mornings exploring Fort Stevens State Park. I could have spent two weeks. Stripes appear on walls where rust has dripped down. Time, water, rust, and graffiti create patterns and textures on cement walls. Steps lead down into darkness. And by zooming in a bit tighter, I can create abstract compositions of lines and squares, rectangles and swoops. It was great. Just great. ©Carol Leigh

7 comments:

Judy said...

Carol: These are incredible photos -- all would work as a series and individually, as a stand-alone abstract photo.
My favorites: last four. The abstracts are terrific. Especially the last one "Mr. & Mrs." -- looks like a couple out for a walk.

Diane Miller said...

OOOOOOOHH! This is better than Alcatraz plus all the old WWII gun bunkers around SF Bay! Maybe even better than a storage yard for dumpsters....

Anonymous said...

Lots of cool stuff here! No wonder you were so jazzed about it. I love the third one...followed closely by #1 and #6. Can't wait to see what else you've got planned for all this neat stuff.
CJ

Sam Hipkins said...

Carol, your work reminds me of another extraordinary photographer, Ruth Bernhard. One of the exercises she often gave her students was to compile a portfolio of photographs made no farther than thirty feet from their beds. She said, “If you can’t find beauty there, you can’t it anywhere.” Her book "Gift of the Commonplace" shows how well she found great photographs in unlikely places. These Fort Stevens’ photographs epitomize that same spirit. You found beauty among the seemingly humble aging concrete and rusting metal. Ruth would have been pleased.

Carol Leigh said...

Thank you all for your comments. I am flattered, Sam, by your reference to Ruth Bernhard, and have added her book to my ever-growing list of books to acquire and read. You would have loved this place, CJ, and Diane? You would have fainted. Judy, thank you for the "Mr./Mrs." reference -- I hadn't thought of it that way and now I can't un-think it every time I see it! Again, thanks for stopping by. --Carol Leigh

gr8plunder said...

I think evryone has said it all.
This is my favorite series...so far. Thanks for putting it out there. I am going to add the book to my list also. Kathy

Anonymous said...

All previous comments reflect my feelings. Carol, the way you translate what you see thru the lens is such a gift for all of us. Thanks for sharing your trip impressions.
Gisela