With a deadline looming, no photographs to submit, and less than a week to get something into this issue of 28mm, I decided to take a walk around downtown Portsmouth for a bit of inspiration. My instincts were correct on this day, one of only a couple warm sunny days before rain was predicted for the remainder of the week.
Portsmouth New Hampshire has many photo opportunities and if you've been to my photoblog "du jour" recently, you have undoubtedly discovered this too. Not knowing what would ultimately catch my attention, I wandered around the scenic areas of Portsmouth; Strawberry Bank and Prescott Park, to be specific. Generally these places are tourist attracting in nature and can provide postcard perfect imagery. Not wanting to pursue those options and keeping my eyes and mind open to discovering something out of the ordinary, I found myself standing by an old ships anchor placed next to the foot path which runs along the rivers edge in Prescott Park. I hadn't ever noticed this anchor before and was intrigued by the texture of its pitted metal surface as the harsh mid day sun illuminated this piece of nautical history. Although not quite sure what would come out of photographing this anchor I knew it had potential and I set forth shooting. I was particularly interested in capturing its textured surface and sculptured form.
After photographing this anchor to my satisfaction, I returned home to see the results. It didn't take long to pull together a series from these images which is always a good sign.
Olympus 5050 digital camera
Photography has been an interest of mine for quite a while, though it wasn't until I enrolled in my first photography class while attending college in the early 1980s that I truly understood its potential.
In the past several years since I've been using digital camera technology, my interest in photography has grown considerably. Though I do still enjoy using film cameras on occasion, the digital camera just seems to be a better fit these days. Perhaps it's because of my background in graphic design and the daily use of computers in my work.
Also contributed to:
- Issue 14: Transformation
- Issue 12: Abandoned well house
- Issue 3: Paper birch