My friend Sarah and I took a drive past the daffodil fields in Mount Vernon last month. I thought – how can I take pictures of the daffodils in a different way? Everyone takes pictures of the fields…what if? So, I decided to use the daffodils as a backdrop for some rusty items on one of our stops. Perhaps these aren’t shots you’d frame and hang up on your wall, but maybe interesting nonetheless?
David’s work inspires me. Take this picture he posted yesterday of something as completely ordinary as marbles. Somehow he throws together some green and blue glass, with a speck of orange, and it comes out looking like a masterpiece.
I had this in mind as I took a short walk this afternoon. Another transparent snail shell (and empty one this time) grabbed my attention, but I didn’t really want to photograph it because I’d already done something similar last week. But then thinking of the cumulative effect of David’s multiple marbles, I thought I’d gather a few shells and see what that looked like.
Like my friend Karen had told me, those little shells really are everywhere. It took me a minute to grab a handful and position them on a bench behind work. As I’m working to capture the effect of the light through the shell, I kept seeing this little Latino face pop over the wall. Before I could fully turn my head to acknowledge his presence, he would pop back down. So, out of the corner of my eye I watched him watch my little photo project.
The big surprise came when one of the supposedly empty shells started to move, and a slimy little life emerged and began cleaving to the neighboring shell. I got more than I bargained for!
After I returned indoors, I watched through the window as the Latino boy scampered around the wall and over to the pile of yellow shells. I was really hoping he’d take them, but I think he was afraid I’d come back.
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 100