Back in early March, I found this most interesting brick and mortar wall in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. Apparently, a building was previously torn down leaving this wall on the adjacent building. While photographing this series, a couple of dudes walked up and stood behind me. The looked back and forth several times between me and the wall. Finally, one commented “I’m not seeing what you’re seeing”. I smiled and politely informed them I was capturing the interesting shapes and textures featured on the brick wall.
Afterwards, I thought about the involved procedural steps required to create a final work from what first inspiration your “mind’s eye”. When I decided to drive to Winston-Salem the following Saturday morning, I knew there were potential compositions contained somewhere on that brick wall. Fortunately, the subject was flat, so I didn’t have to think about depth of field. With the camera setup on my tripod, several compositions started to reveal themselves. Back home however, an approach for how I would process these images seemed to elude me. After several attempts, I abandoned the series and moved on to other work. Maybe, I didn’t really see what I thought I saw that day back in March.
Since I shot this series, I’ve experimented with different processing approaches and finally found something I felt would work for this series. I’ve been recently compositing sepia toned black & whites with just a bit of select color from the original image, which was processed to emulate the warmer tones of vintage Kodachrome slide film. So after an investment of several hours, I’m pleased with the final compositions represented in this post. Its fine if others doubt your vision, just don’t doubt yourself!