I haven't played with the Canon 5D2 enough so I pulled it out of drawer and stuck the 85mm 1.8 on the front. I walked around from 3:00 pm til 5:00 pm and I only shot stuff that I liked. Which brought me back to a basic truth about my kind of photography.....it's little more than an excuse to stare at stuff with an intensity that's otherwise frowned upon.
Rational intention ruins art. Or something like that. I've found that you really can't go out with an agenda and come back with anything close to what you had in mind when you set out to shoot. Or as Woody Allen once said, (paraphrasing from a monologue in Manhattan) "Nothing worth knowing can be understood by the mind." You really just have to be there. The image above is the front door of the Red Fez, a bar in downtown Austin.
So I walked the route I usually walk and I looked at a lot of stuff I didn't photograph. I wish more people spent time outside in Austin. We're great for concerts in the park but not so great for the passagio. Lots of cars but not a lot of foot traffic. I spent time looking at windows. And doors.
And sometimes I found seed pods on magnificent trees against French blue skies, just begging to be photographed. And aluminum windows with cool and warm tones, framed by black. And I was happy just to be outside and moving. And the camera in my hand felt like a tether. Keeping me connected with everything I was seeing.
Belinda asked me to be home on time. We were having a Mexican chicken soup with squash. White cheese and tortilla chips on the top. Garnished with fresh avocado. Quesadillas on toasted whole wheat tortillas and a bottle of Cupcake Red Velvet wine. I paused as I walked back toward my car, over the pedestrian bridge. I was loving the contrary rhythms of the city. The worker bees commuting home, air conditioners separating them from the warmth and vibrant glow of the outside, while the free spirits docked their kayaks under the bridge to frolic in the cool water of Lady Bird Lake. And I was somewhere in the middle. Vaguely trapped by the idea that I should be doing something "productive" but all the while knowing that I was already on vacation in my mind......
Life is short. And can be sweet. And all I really want for Christmas is the time and energy to enjoy it fully. I wish the same for you.
Tech: Canon 5D2. 85mm 1.8. That's about it.