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THIS PAST WEEKEND, I WENT OUT ON TWO LONG WALKS.
On Saturday, I headed north toward the downtown core. The phrase ‘Concrete Jungle’ entered my mind and I was inspired to take pictures of the things that aren’t so pretty. I chose to shoot in black & white as it seems more stark and cold when capturing ugly.
On Monday, I headed south toward the Elbow River. I haven’t been that way in a long time. One of my favourite thinking spots is at the Elbow River Park.
Once, when Michaela was little I brought her to the park. I was watching her from above as she threw little, smooth, white stones into the river down below. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw geese walking toward her, circling in on her. When they stretched out their necks, they were taller than Michaela!
“Stop throwing stones Michaela, the geese think it’s bread!”
Panic registered on her face when she noticed the birds approaching. I laughed nervously and raced down to scoop her up in my arms. To this day, Michaela is petrified of birds.
This weekend, I set out to find ugly. What struck me almost immediately, was how hard it is for me to see ugly. I naturally look for beauty and couldn’t help shooting it. Even when I managed to shoot ugly, I saw beauty. And when there was no beauty, I saw potential for it.
~ HUMP DAY CHRONICLES ~
What do you see when you look?