I'm working away on this week’s MATS assignment, but thought I’d share some photographs from the photo walk we went on during last weekend’s photography class with Andrea (hulaseventy) in Truckee, California. I cannot say enough about this class and about Andrea. I admire her ability to convey story and color and mood and emotion in her photography and she really encouraged us to slow down and try new things, including trying new angles of shooting, shooting scenes/scenarios in multiple ways, moving outside our comfort zone, and being more mindful about our location and the light and the action around us. It also reminded me that I need to get out and shoot more. Yes, I’ve taken some pictures in small towns and along some country roads this summer, but I need to explore closer to home too. Minneapolis and St. Paul have such a great variety of interesting places. I need to get out and start shooting more consistently.
The day I arrived in Truckee I had a few hours to kill before checking into my hotel so I drove around and explored the area. I saw an old sign for what I think was a liquor store and I fell in love with it. I planned to stop and get out and photograph it, but I decided to wait, thinking I’d easily find it again another day. When we all went in different directions to start this photo walk, I immediately headed away from the main downtown area towards where I thought I’d find the liquor store, and these photographs are all from that part of my walk.
Unfortunately I never did find that liquor store -- or whatever it was that caught my eye that first day -- but Andrea also talked about appreciating the photographs we don't take, including those we miss and those we simply choose, for whatever reason, not to take. This was a good reminder for me. While I am disappointed that I didn't get a photograph of that old sign, at least I noticed it. I was looking, I was paying attention, and that's worth something too.