Project – Doors

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 1/10 f/10 ISO 320

 

Whenever I photograph, I always have some photo projects in the back of my mind. With these projects, I always have something to fall back on when I’m not feeling particularly inspired. With that in mind, I try to keep these projects fairly simple. They are always ongoing. Some of them really don’t pan out and others just take some time to build up a decent collection. The one thing that I have had the most success with are doors.

 

Enter If You Dare – New Orleans

 

The two photos above were from Charleston, SC & New Orleans respectively. It was never really much of a challenge in either of those cities to find really great subjects. It felt like cheating. I certainly am aware that the “door” thing has been done before, but that never stopped me from taking a photo. And when your project is simple, you can pretty much get a few shots wherever you might be. In the above cities, I could nearly spend an entire day just photographing doors. But sometimes, you just run across something interesting when you’re not looking.

 

 

I will most certainly make a book of these one day, at the very least just for myself. I am always thinking of new minor projects like these and I just build a collection over time. That’s the cool thing about these kinds of projects – no deadlines, no timetable – just shooting for myself.

 

The Races Of Man

Last weekend, I spent a morning here at Holliday Park in Indianapolis near Broad Ripple. I found this place when browsing Google Maps for places to photograph in and around Indy. The ruins that make up the centerpiece for this park caught my attention. These Indiana limestone statues that sit atop the columns here in the park used to reside on Broadway in New York City as the facade of the St. Paul Building. When they decided it was time to renovate, the sculptures were donated to the park that was under construction here in Indy. The sculptor is Karl Bitter and the park is need of help to realize the vision that was intended for these works of art. The reflecting pool is dry and the installation seems to be crumbling away in what is an otherwise beautiful park. Though the ruins make a cool photo, I think it would be even cooler to see them displayed properly. If you want to learn more about the plans for the park and the strange journey these sculptures have made please visit here.

The Ruins at Holliday Park including the sculptures,