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Silly Walk

ISO 100 50mm f/5.6 1/1250sec

One of the things I love about downtown is the various graffiti its acquired over the years. Although I dont think I would ever “tag” anything myself, I love the idea of leaving your mark on the world. Its like claiming a piece of the town as your own, however unethical it may be. I have a few books in my library specifically on the subject of Graffiti around the world and have always been fascinated by the talent in some of these brilliant artists. Now obviously this is no Bansky masterpiece by any means, but I still enjoy it, especially with it being a Monte Python piece! I cant help but to think of the outrageously humorous Silly Walk in the various Python skits (Here), and wonder how many have been inspired by this tag to silly walk across the street. Its a brief reminder to not take life to seriously. I will be forever intrigued and inspired by those who are bold enough to leave their marks on society.

Are you leaving your mark?

Journey into the unkown

ISO 500 4.5mm f/2.4 1/15sec

I ran across this walking tunnel on the outskirts of Downtown Grand Rapids by accident. I was actually looking for a good vantage point to get a clear shot of the city and surrounding traffic during the evening. I had driven up and down a half dozen streets leading to a hill along side the highway looking over downtown with no luck in finding a treeless open patch to set up. I was just about to call it a night when I decided to try one last dead end drive. I found this tunnel that runs under the highway and immediately jumped out to start taking some pics with my iphone. I didn’t feel like lugging my big dslr down to a tunnel unknown to me up to this point.

What I really loved about this quick shot is all the wonder I experienced while looking into this grungy walkway. I couldn’t help but to wonder what was on the other side, though not curious enough to venture through to find out (This is in a rougher part of town mind you, and they didn’t mark the street Dead End for no reason). I really think the iPhones imperfection in night time captures add’s an extra element to the rough grunge feel of the pic. The photo is as imperfect as my search for my original shot that evening, and for that it is perfect.

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