What the Camera Saw

July 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

What I Wanted the Camera to See

 

Imagine, me, the photographer who prided herself with wide expansive landscapes dependent on the magic light of golden hour, finding the world in detail and form…

 

This has been as a result in part of returning to the subject matter of industrialism and mills. It is a treasure hunt for subjects that tell stories, a rusted hinge, an embossed trademark on the lintel over a door; training my eye to see the essence of the subject with minimal distraction from areas not essential to the feeling of the piece. The subjective aspect is in the recognition of the subject to begin with. If I were to draw on paper the object of my interest, it easier to be objective of what to include and exclude from the frame.. Why then populate the frame differently because I can capture it mechanically?

My approach is to consider my subject and ask what will be the essence of this image? For example, in this image from the Whitinsville Mill, the story is suggested in the craftsmanship, and layers of texture that one might imagine from such a small element.

 

Additionally, the return to the subject of industrialism presents the opportunity to look at vernacular form. As we explored the Providence River by boat we passing under the Point Street Bridge, the bold graphic shapes of the old power plant came into view. Repeating patterns of rectangles, diagonals and negative space are the building blocks this image. But it was this industrial structure, created for a purpose that really was my objective.

There are examples of all of my work at cindywilsonphoto.com. Visit and let me know what you think!

 


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