This year I have a few resolutions, but the primary one is aimed at shooting. Cameras and pistols. The pistol packing stuff will rarely be documented, but the photographic angle is open for all. I've long had a category at Cobb for photos, most of them have been from my father's collection. I am taking up that part of the legacy, and while the two of us can amble and ramble, we'll be going out most every weekend on photo safaris.
This Saturday past I went to Playa Vista and Playa del Rey for a shoot. My angle is macro, he's got a good eye for capturing people. So we complement each other. I thought about putting together a separate blog, but I am realizing that it's probably better for me to trust Typepad to have all this mess archived in one place on the off chance I don't get it into S3. Anyway, I think that I will mix a bit of prose and maybe some poetry along with the photos that I share here. Blogging photography will be a good expository release.
I've been thinking about two or three preliminary themes. The first occurred to me when I went downtown the other week. I found a new building posing as an old one as someone had planted creeping flowers on the brick wall. It looked cool until I got close and found that a good quarter of the flowers were diseased. I don't know the name of the plant or the disease, as do very few of us. So I'm thinking that dead and dying flowers serves as a decent metaphor for the silliness of environmentalism in LA. Naturally Playa Vista was my first target.
You see if you don't know how to cook, you don't know how bad McDonalds is. If you don't know how to live in the woods, any tree in the city looks like nature. If you live in Los Angeles, you can call Ballona Marsh a swamp. But I have driven many times over a 40 mile causeway in Louisiana across a swamp of the sort that makes me nervous. While I'd rather not be snarky over that pitiable bit which exists here in LA I might at least learn how diseased are the plant in our garden - because nature that doesn't overwhelm is a garden. I will be exploring the gardens in LA.
Secondly I'll be creating macro shots with an eye to the unidentifyable and micro mechanical still lifes. Some will be composed. Some will also be oriented towards making some commercial quality desktop background if people still pay for that kind of thing. I'll likely open source them anyway. So. There it is.