Beauty exists in places many would think otherwise of, or at minimum, simply ignore. Somewhere along the way the human race has adopted this idea that we need to fix what appears to be broken, clean up what looks to be in decline, and landscape places we believe are overgrown by weeds or indigenous species, only to put a formal face on the world.
I must have missed that lesson somewhere along the way. Or perhaps I was daydreaming during that class. Maybe it's just the artist born in me that wants to see the beauty in all things. Better yet, I would like to think it's a form of open-mindedness I've adopted during my lifetime. Whatever the reason, I generally let nature do what it will, most of the time that is. And I inevitably find myself drawn to photographing these subjects as many of you who know my work have probably figured out by now.
This series of photographs, using a macro perspective, focuses in on the back side of the three-season porch attached to the house I'm currently living in. The paint is peeling, hinges and latches are rusting, and a grape Ivy has attached itself to part of the exterior wall. Of course in time, the house will undoubtedly receive a new coat of paint. But before that occurs, I will have photographed it thoroughly to capture the beauty in it's weathered exterior and the artful transformation of natures determination to bring all structures made of wood and metal back to there natural elements.
Olympus C5050 digital camera with macro settings