Sunday, March 25, 2012

stroke my blue

I'd make a pretty lousy photo journalist. I'll never really progress beyond the basic point and shoot, although sometimes I do turn off the flash or even brave a black and white or saturated setting. Mostly though, I snap mundane photos with cluttered backgrounds. And because I take forever to set up the shot (no shooting with one hand as I run toward the action for me), facial expressions are generally starting to strain by the time I actually press the button.

Every now and then, though, an accidental shot will please me greatly. Like the above, where I inadvertently photographed my gloves lying in my lap just before I exited the rental vehicle. I love the sameness of hue between gloves and steering wheel, juxtaposed against their opposing textures. Possibly one of my favourite recent photos.

I also love the way this photo, taken while dicking around waiting for the Magnetic Fields to take the stage, turned the ceiling of the Vogue Theatre into an art deco playground. It reminds me of the curves of a guitar, as visualized by Dr. Seuss.

Both photos were taken in Vancouver, in my first trip back since Communique, which coincidentally inspired the basis for my latest BC Musician Magazine article,
You've Got to Hear This. It's a very loose and liberal interpretation of what went down at Communique, but if you were there, you may recognize some moments. Even if you weren't there, feel free to admire how I so seamlessly shifted the conversation to shameless self-promotion.

10 comments:

vicomtesse said...

The humble pie you're trying to dole out here is not washing over me. You have an eye for things. I've witnessed it too many times on this blog. You ARE an artist!

Luv ya!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You're going to give me a swollen head, Vicomtesse! Fortunately, I rather like having a swollen head.

LesleyG said...

I have a theory that creative people can be creative with anything, given the time. And with cameras now, anyone can take a decent photo, but not every one can take a special one. And you do. So, don't shrug it off so quickly. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What a nice thing to say, Lesley! Be careful, though, you are going to have me believing it.

Allison said...

I have your article on my fridge! :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've always dreamed of becoming immortalized on someone's fridge, Al! Thanks!

mister anchovy said...

I admire people who have technical chops at photography. I don't know my f stops from my depths of field.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What's an f stop?

I don't have the patience to learn these things, Mr Anchovy.

phlegmfatale said...

I love the photo from the theatre. Such pleasing curves!

I'm also having Magnetic Fields envy.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I was so thrilled to finally get to see the Magnetic Fields, Phlegmmy! Worth the trip to Vancouver!