A year ago, my family visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. This is my fourth post from that visit. Such a beautiful place! The first image features the Grand Staircase. The weight of the exterior staircase wall creates a cantilever force which supports the weight of the large granite steps. I used a “glow” filter in Filter Forge to add a subtle glow effect to the highlights.
The next four images feature the Biltmore Conservatory. Part of the Biltmore’s Walled Garden, the Conservatory was designed by the Biltmore House architect Richard Morris Hunt. It was built to provide flowers, plants and shrubs for the house and surrounding gardens.
I captured this young fella on the playground at the Biltmore Winery and Farm Village. Is he focused on balancing himself, or is he intrigued by his shadow?
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I was photographing some outdoor sculptures for a friend when this young fellow walked by and asked if I would take his picture. “Sure”, I said, “just play yourself.”
He introduced himself as Joseph, and mentioned he’d like to make it in the music biz. I wanted the image to be something he could use to promote himhelf. Perhaps a bit stylized for “street photography”, so I’ll refer to it as a “stylized street portrait.”
From my original Dixie Furniture Plant post back on March 12th, I had a few more dramatic abandoned landscapes I wanted to share. The black & white compositions followed my typical b&w workflow which includes process with Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 to emulate Agfa APX 100 b&w film. The color image was processed to emulate Kodachrome slide film.
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The Salem Cemetery was originated by the Moravian Church in the 1770s. Currently over 40 acres in size, its rolling hills create a unique resting place for over 6000 souls. After work last Thursday, I visited as late afternoon was transitioning into sunset. The long shadows and dramatic lighting offered several photographic opportunities.
When I first noticed this scene, I was intrigued.There was something interesting, but I couldn’t quite clarify what I was reacting to.So I composed a few shots based on what I thought I saw.Maybe it was the flowing branches contrasting against rigid brick wall.
A few days later, towards the end of my typical b&w workflow, the composition began to reveal itself.For me, I now understand the beauty experienced from this composition comes from the way it makes me feel.Sure, there may be some cool textures, patterns, shadows and contrasting abstract elements.But these individual elements all seem to combine to create a unique alternative experience, greater than the sum of the parts. Click on the image to see a high-res version from my portfolio site and see if you have a similar reaction. View full screen on a desktop monitor to get the best experience.
Of course, I could just be full of crap. Perhaps I’m too close to the work.
I’m gonna go with what I feel, and then what I see.And I do feel a strong engagement with this composition.Especially when I don’t try to analyze, but instead just “experience” what it has to offer. How does it specifically make me feel? Intrigued, but more than before. What’s more important, is “how does it make you feel?’
Captured last June, I’ve been working on and off on this composition for quite a while. One of the common symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder is difficulty in finishing personal projects. Well, that definitely describes me. I’ll work on a composition in post for a bit, then move on to another task which is more interesting or urgent. But associative thinking also drives the creative mind. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! 🙂
This abstract composition was captured at our central bus terminal here in High Point. At the center of the Spring and Fall International Furniture Market, it serves as a vital transportation hub for market visitors, vendors, logistics resources and local folks. The dramatic clouds, late afternoon sun and architectural features at the terminal combined to make a great photo opportunity.
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Dixie Furniture was established in the town of Lexington, North Carolina in 1901. It eventually became Lexington Furniture and at its peak, covered 9 city blocks. Global outsourcing eventual forced the closure of most manufacturing facilities in the state. This post features exteriors of Plant 1, the original Dixie Furniture facility, which was closed in 2003.
While processing the images in this post, I was reminded of my former career as a commercial photographer working in several of High Point, NC’s many home furnishing photography studios. This was between 1986 and 1991. In these warehouse size studios, dozens of room scenes were arranged, furniture brought in and finally propped and accessorized by an interior designer. Afterwards, the photographer would light the set, shoot test shots and shoot finals once approved. Several times I worked on Lexington Furniture catalog projects.
In the early 90’s, I started my own multimedia business and would later go on to produce an interactive CD-ROM for Lexington Furniture’s Arnold Palmer Collection. Working as an IT Project Manager since 2000, I’m slowly making my way back to photography. I would love to have a look inside Plant 1, but with all the windows boarded up, there is likely little natural lighting to work with.
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