This morning I was inspired by a blog post "Village Decay" by Sistlau. She had taken several photos of an abandoned decayed building, and I couldn't help but want to be there and take pictures of some of the details I noticed in her photos.
At that moment I was inspired to re-visit the "familiar" in my home town (where I was raised) and to NOTICE the things that although I saw every day for years growing up- I never really noticed their charm because they were too familiar.
I drove to Sandstone MN (a few miles from where I now live) with the intent of seeing her old familiar face in a fresh perspective.
This is the back side of a commercial building that sits on the main intersection of the town. I have walked, played and driven by it countless times but I don't remember ever really NOTICING it's photographic potential.
Today, I noticed it...standing out against the stark snow like it was begging to be seen and have it's portrait taken!
Suddenly, the all too familiar "eyesore" became a compelling and interesting subject- just by changing my frame of mind.
I wanted to take the time capturing all of the details, but it was gloomy (and bitter cold on my fingers holding a metal camera) so I snapped a couple of shots and decided I would return on a warmer day.
I grabbed a pizza and headed down to the Kettle River for a picnic with my camera in Robinson Park where the abandoned Sandstone Quarry served as our childhood playground.
I wanted to see what I hadn't noticed in the park...
Those photos will be in my next blog...
See you there!