Suspended Animation…Redux

This photo of an abandoned shopping cart was originally published on May 23, 2010. Briefly, the photo was taken on Petaluma’s Lynch Creek Trail in November 2004 with no thought given to composition, etc.  It was just a quick point and shoot.

Much later, after downloading it, I was taken aback by the illusion of suspended animation. A local photographer recently explained what happened:  “The cart is submerged on it’s side, and so you are getting half of the real cart, and half of its reflection in the water. The really cool thing is that the cart has to be EXACTLY halfway submerged to look like it’s symmetrical. Some of my best photos have been taken accidentally too.”

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January…In Color & B&W

Some photographers maintain that the true test of the quality of a photo is whether it also holds up in black and white. Others will say that some photos, while they do not hold up in the B&W format, may stand in their own right as color photos.

My only contribution to this discussion is to suggest that B&W photos can sometimes convey a message unique to the medium.  Consider these recent scenes from Petaluma’s Prince Park…

In the alternative, the same photo in B&W does present a different visual tone…

It was a dark and stormy night...”