Stormy Nights

Well, as I said, I haven’t been having the greatest of times, so it’s the perfect opportunity for my photography to reflect that.  Luckily for me, the hot weather has brought in storm after storm.  So while I’m not only enjoying the storms (because I love thunderstorms!), I’ve had some great chances to snap some interesting shots.

While about to leave for a friend’s house to enjoy one of these storms, I decided to take my camera along to catch some different rainy scenery.  She has a slightly older home, so it has some charming character, and with the rain drops and stormy weather, I think it photographed well.  With everything that’s going on, I’ve really been in a “stormy” mood.  Getting ready to move out of a place that I love and going to a far less desirable living situation, not feeling well, and going in and out of appointments have all gotten to me lately.  Everything seems so uncertain and negative, so it was really wonderful to have the simplicity of sitting outside and enjoying the wind, rain, thunder, and lightning.  Outside?  Yes.  We’re a little nuts and will sit outside during a “severe thunderstorm” and “flash flood” warning.  I’ve done this ever since I was little, sitting outside on the front porch with my dad and brother as the storms went by, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my (kind of scaredy-cat) friend liked doing this too.

This dramatic weather really couldn’t have come at a better time.  I almost feel as if it’s a representation of the inner turmoil and sadness that I’m feeling.  At the same time, it’s so relaxing and soothing to hear the water and wind acting up outside.  I suppose you have to take the good with the bad, and all of the things in between.  I’ll take the storms outside admist my internal ones, and enjoy them when I can.  Enjoy my many shades of grey from this stormy day.

Week 24: Shades of Grey

Lovely!  This week I have a blank canvas, so to speak.  I have enjoyed working through nearly half of this 52 week challenge, but what has been an unexpected challenge is how blocked I would be when working with specific themes.  I suppose it’s good, and the purpose of this whole thing — not only do I have to constantly get out and shoot, but I also have to think out side of my own box.  I’ve enjoyed some of the themes more than others, but beyond that, I have enjoyed working in ways I would have never thought of on my own.

Now, back to the good old stuff…

Working in shades of grey has me thinking of one thing — black and white photography!  I mean, what else could it be?  Ok, it could be a lot of things, and just as I’m typing it, I’m thinking of tons of ways to capture this theme without taking it so literally.  But the one thing I’ve missed about working with film are the beautiful tones of the blacks, whites, and greys developing in the darkroom.  And the smell?  Yum, weird, I know, but I love it.  Ok, so there are a lot of things I miss, but I digress… Even though I would love to, I can’t do a film project for this theme.  Being out of school has been fun, and weird, but it’s also left me without the resource of a dark room.  So for this week, my digital files will just have to imagine they’re film, and my computer will become its own imaginary little darkroom.

I suppose this theme is coming at the opportune time… I am in a rather “grey” period of life….like a dark slate, thunderstorm, type of grey.  So while I’ll be working in the spirit of the darkroom, I’m probably not going to produce any more of my happy little nature photographs again in the near future.  And with that, I’m off to think, and to reminisce.  Here’s another film project from a past class of mine.  It was the first “story telling” type project that I worked with, and out of all the different ideas that I had, this was my favorite.  I liked that it told a story in so many different ways, without actually saying anything direct.  It allows you to look at it and interpret it as your own story, and to me, it has many meanings, which is in a strange way kind of cathartic.  Changing of seasons, passing of time, a year going by, life passing you by, standing still, running in circles, travel — just a few of the meanings this has to me, and, just a few of the things I’ve meditated on while looking at these photos.  So enjoy, and feel free to leave me a note of what you think!