In West Michigan this weekend, we enjoyed more bright sun and warm temperatures.
Usually this time of year I start to grump about cold hands and trying to work a camera. That’ll come next week, probably. But not yesterday.
I spent a couple of hours shooting in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, over lunch. My favorite images from this session are reflections in the windows of stores and restaurants on Pearl Street.
As in the past couple of weeks, I’ve been seeing images mostly in black and white, a reflection of the strong sun and deep shadows. The old buildings and reflections on Pearl Street reminded me a bit of film noir cinematography. Here’s a few of them.
And, the best of the day, in my view, the one that to me felt the most like a scene in a 1930s “private eye” film, perhaps about a murder at a wedding:
The rest of the images, from nearby streets, are more oriented around architecture. This one is simply about the lines and the shapes of areas of shadow and bright light.
Here’s another that’s all about the lines in the architecture, aided once again by the light and shadows in the parking structure.
The next one is more about the visual busyness of city streets, even without a lot of people.
And, finally, from a building wall near Kendall College of Art and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, part of a mural. This one is, I suppose, not so much my artwork as a photo of someone else’s. I made the picture because I liked the mystery it leaves about what he’s listening for.
It has been a strange week. With the high number of COVID19 cases in West Michigan and the Upper Midwest, and the mix of uncertainty, hope, stress, and excitement about the presidential election in the U.S., I did not feel very productive this week. So it was nice to end the week relaxing with a camera and coming home with some images I like.
Stay warm. And stay safe!