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Construction & Destruction

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“After a long days work”

One of the tricks I like to do in order to spice up the daily photo walk and keep it fresh is to shoot themed mini series for the day. Its amazing once you think about it at how many opportunities there are to shoot one idea in multiple ways, whether it be geometry, color, composition based there are endless possibilities that will push your creative observation to the next level.

Im still working my way through the thousands of images I snapped this last weekend and decided what better time to share this series of shots from Saturdays day trip adventure. There were many re-occuring themes to be had for the day, however the related themes in this post caught my eye consistently.

Surprisingly enough I didn’t have to move a thing in this first scene, this was exactly how we had found it, as if it were just waiting to be captured by my lens. The only thing that could have made it any better would be an empty beer bottle to compliment the feeling of relief after a hard days work.

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“Ramped Up”

Something about us as photographers, we just love the workings of a construction site. They are packed full of industrial and grungy textures that draw us in like a fish to a shiny new lure.

I love the repeated patterns throughout, and the various different surfaces that speak so clearly to our various senses. I have no clue why, and you’ll see it again below, but I love this rich yellow against the concrete ground. I’ve shot this combination many times in the past and have yet to grow tired of it.

I find it most enjoyable to shoot throughout the day as the sun changes and can give a scene a drastically different appearance from one hour to the next. Its truly an exploration of light. On a side note: I can’t say I believe in the idea of bad light. It may be the wrong light for a particular subject, but could work wonderfully for another.

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First of all… 10 points to whoever can tell me what the wording in the back says. haha

I can’t help but look at this image and see a face on the front of the tractor. It reminds me of a transformer waiting for his day to shine. A rather simple scene, but plays in well with the overall theme.

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“Danger Barrels”

With my background in Graphic Design, I absolutely love finding scenes like this. So many graphic elements that just speak to me and inspire me in strange ways. Again I love the yellow against the hard concrete (1 more yet to come even), the rusted barrels against the stucko background, and of course the various geometric elements and implied shapes. I can shoot stuff like this all day.

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“Ironic Survival”

Being Im not from this town, I unfortunately don’t have the back story on this burnt down business, and can only hope there was no serious injuries or worse. However at the same time I found it extremely ironic that the only thing in this heap of ruble that wasn’t destroyed, was the lightly scuffed fire extinguisher which I can only guess was either too small for the task at hand or had no hero to use it in battling the flames.

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“Rooftop Disaster”

Only a few feet over from the last scene, on the neighboring roof, was the remnants of some of the brickwork tarnished and scattered from the destroyed building.

A tip for all those who do any sort of photo walk in downtown or cityish area, take a stroll to the top of the local parking garages. You will often find a interest on the rooftops of neighboring buildings, or even just get a new perspective on the streets and passerbys below.

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“Vibrant Texture”

In an attempt to not leave on the note of a burnt down building, I figured I would include this more pleasing texture of the grungy flaking paint on two beautifully contrasting walls.

I truly enjoyed searching through this unfamiliar town for these relating themes. Get out there and shoot your own mini series, then share with the rest of us on the Nick Exposed Facebook Page.

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10 thoughts on “Construction & Destruction

  1. Colors, shapes, lines, textures – you captured it all, and I love them all!! Looks like you had a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  2. “May Peace Prevail On Earth”

    Yes, we all need that, don’t we.

  3. Great piece, Nick. I’ve been reading the recently published book IMAGINE, about creativity. The author talks about the creativity involved in looking for and making associations between disparate things, finding patterns–all great exercises for the creative part of the brain.

  4. Great work, Nick. Reading your post gave me a big measure of validation on my own constant seeing things is series. It becomes a game. It is part of what keeps me from ever being bored. πŸ˜‰

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