Look Left: Monday Photo Stroll
I. Look Left
"Look Left," the sign states, painted on the asphalt roadway. It's Monday and Hunter and I are trekking through the Nob Hill district of Albuquerque, on a photo stroll. He came equipped with a German-made Kodak Retina IIA, circa the 1950s, and I came equipped with a Lumix G5, circa 2012. His camera is loaded with color film, mine a memory card and battery.
Look Left. It could be a political statement, especially given the proximity to the U.S. Presidential election, and our proximity to the progressive heart of Albuquerque, Nob Hill.
"Look Left" is a warning, to the careless at heart, who might dare to step off the curbside into oncoming traffic, that stops for no man, regardless of political persuasion. Life is full of these little warnings, if we would but listen, take notice, heed the warning signs.
II. Shooting the Shooter - Hunter
The terminology of photography seems to have taken on the language of warfare: hunting, capturing, shooting. It implies an aggression out of character from its nature, that being painting with light. Perhaps we can regain that lost sense of purpose by shooting the shooter, hunting the Hunter.
III. Casting a Shadow
Sometimes you can't help it, your presence is irrefutable, in life as well as in taking photos, your presence casts a shadow that becomes part of the tapestry of the landscape being documented, not separated from it, the observer becoming part of that being observed.
IV. Gifts Given
Photographic images are gifts, freely given to us or freely found, on borrowed time, especially those in the natural and built landscape, illuminated by photons a mere eight minutes old. Does anyone own the sunlight, I wonder? These are some of that which I was given: