The 365 project left me with a lot of great images and plenty of material to work with for quite a while. During the year I visited a few old car shows. Many times it was the gathering in the parking lot at a local pizza place. When you go to a few of these in a certain geographic area, you will start to see the same cars and people.
Some people will cringe when I say this -- but I shoot everything in color. If I choose black and white for an image -- I am making the choice after the fact. This gives me flexibility -- I can always take the color out. Originally I had a grouping of photos from one of these shows -- and I had converted them all to black and white. I really liked the way they looked. Now after looking back at these photos -- I am finding the color versions more appealing.
In the photo above it is something about that red in the center of the steering wheel. I like it. Also, appealing to me is the reflection on the side of the car -- the color that shows on the dark paint. The reflection of the green in the vent window and the green tint on the dash play well off of each other.
I don't like to limit myself by saying I am any certain "kind" of photographer. I like color and I like black and white. As for subject matter -- anything that strikes my fancy on any given day is my favorite subject. I lament flower photos -- there are tons of them out there. But you know -- if I see a bloom that catches my eye -- I still have to make the shot. There are some plants at the edge of the woods -- I have been watching them for a couple weeks. As I hear my husband crank the lawnmower, I am hoping he does not get too close and cut them. What are they? I have no clue -- but I am watching and waiting to see. The orange striped oakworms are hatching and beginning to chomp on the leaves on the trees out front. I have a few photos of these very small caterpillars with their shiny black heads. Why? because I wanted to.
Every now and then it is good to look back at the files -- poke back through the photos to see what jumps out at you this time that may have been missed.
I have the car series printed on metallic paper ready to take to The Art House Gallery later this month. In October my work will be part of a group show during the Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival.