Lock-down in my neighborhood… searching for inspiration


Like most people I have been in lock-down since March and so opportunities for photography are somewhat limited. This lull has been exacerbated somewhat by a persistent lack of inspiration which I have attributed to having too many new cameras to test and not spending enough time with the cameras I love (this will be resolved with a sudden surge of sales on eBay).

At this point I do want to say that my wife and I are very lucky in that we have jobs that have allowed us to work from home with minimal disruption to our lives other than trying to juggle the needs of a 1 year old while doing full time jobs so I fully appreciate that the limitations of COVID lock-down are nothing to what others are enduring.

Recently though, due in part to me acquiring a new lens for my Olympus MFT, I have found a few opportunities for photography and some inspiration with it; mostly while walking my dog around our neighborhood.

As someone who enjoys mid-century modern architecture, my neighborhood actually offers some decent shooting and I really should dedicate some time (and a post or two) to the properties around my house. They are slightly late in what is probably considered ‘mid-century’ being most of them were built in the early 70s but they have the features.

The Golden hour was in full swing when I shot these and the sun was creating some nice low angle shadows.

Even this lowly fire hydrant benefited from the warm glow of the sun together with the nice tones captured via the Kilfit lens attached to my Olympus

This hibiscus was perfect, at full bloom and basking in the evening sunshine

I am not exactly sure what this next thing is but, I think that being as it is part of an old telegraph pole which is being used as part of a retaining wall on the side of the road, it is where the cross bars were attached. Anyway, I think it makes for an interesting subject.

My neighborhood seems to offer more than I might have originally thought in terms of photography opportunities and it took a new lens to get me back out there to really see properly again. It’s not that I generally don’t look but somehow I have had a blind spot in recent times, it’s good to know that I may finally be breaking through that blockage.

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