The transition from one space to another is a tricky one. You want to draw people out the old space and want them to enter the new space. But, how do you want them to experience the transition from one area to another? Do you want it to be a smooth subtle transition, as though you are leading them from one spot on a path to another? Do you want them to be jolted into a new reality? lure them from darkness to light? From grey to color?

Portals are tricky and you have to understand your purpose while placing yourself in the mind of the visitor. Good portals work. Others don’t. This one worked rather well.

Have a great day folks. I hope your Sunday becomes a pleasant transition to the rest of the week.

working your subject

A common mistake made by inexperienced photographers is to not work their subject. How many times have you (or someone you are with) just taken the shot as soon as you stumbled upon the scene and then simply moved on? Instead, you should explore your subject. Try to envision what it would look like from a different angle. Walk around it. Get down low or up high.

Each of the following images was taken of the same ramp system in Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. Notice how I did take the straight on shot. However, I then started moving around and exploring the ramps from different directions and heights.



I climbed to the top floor and discovered these wonderful converging lines.



I then shifted over a few feet and discovered that I could get the line of the top rail to cross over the other lines.



I even walked into the ramps and started to see something completely different.



My point is that you need to work your subject and engage your imagination. If I hadn’t taken the time to explore this ramp system, I would have never discovered the wonderful lines and tones that it contained.

The next time you approach a scene, take the time to go the extra step. You just might be surprised by what you discover.





My friend Jim Nash is a docent at the Westcott House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and located here in Springfield, Ohio. I visited the house on Sunday camera in hand. There was a heavy snow fall going on outside, so we pretty much had the house to ourselves. I love Wright designs with their clean horizontal lines and rectangular geometries.

However, every time I visit a Wright home, I think about the fact that the man had to make concessions to design elements that don't fit his style, such as these heavily ornate heating registers. The same is true of many other elements like sinks and faucets, stoves, etc. Poor man probably had nightmares about all of this victorian era objects in his revolutionary designed homes. Maybe that's why he had a reputation for being difficult.



my cat’s vision of heaven

My Cat's Vision of Heaven


My cats love windows and they like that spot on the floor created by sunshine coming through the windows. This makes them normal cats. And to tell you the truth, I think that if I were a cat, I'd like that spot on the floor as well. The problem is that as the sun moves, so does that spot. I would have to constantly get up and move to the new spot. Because, well you know, I would be a big cat and I wouldn't have much spot to spare. Just saying.


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