March 14 was a dreary, overcast day. I headed for the empty fields south of town, knowing that the big open sky would present a lot of exciting possibilities. I had forgotten that the railroad tracks and freshly plowed fields would add some geometric interest as well.
- Vanishing Point 1
A panoramic view looking west. I like that this is not a typical vanishing point exercise, but that the wires come in from above left and the tracks from below right, which throws off the balance. The vanishing point itself is a bit too high; perhaps I should have cropped a bit more off the bottom. I touched it up a bit in PhotoShop to add glow and a bit of blurring around the edges.
- off to the side
Everything about this scene suggested neatness: the grass on the bank which had been mowed before the first snow, the neatly disced field, the tidy jumble of farm buildings in the distance. And in the middle of it all, a single can, empty but still wrapped in a paper bag. Also touched up in Photoshop to add the blur.
- Skyscape #2
- Vanishing Point 2
I have always liked railroad tracks—they represented untaken opportunities, I think.
- Vanishing Point 3
A tighter crop of the previous photo, slightly more interesting.
- the forgotten love seat
I didn't even recognize this at first, until I got close enough to photograph it. It's an old sofa or love seat, decomposing by the tracks for at least a year. This is right next to the road, and it amazes me that it must have been there for the better part of a year and nobody did anything about it.
- Plowed Fields
The tractor had plowed and disked not more than a few days prior, leaving an interesting geometric pattern behind.
- Skyscape #2