For a while, I couldn’t understand why I liked this picture so much. There are some cool visual tricks going on, but my affection for this image seemed to go deeper than the pure aesthetics. I sat here looking at it and scratching my head for about ten minutes, but I think I may have figured it out…
There are a lot of blocks near where I live in Omaha that have abandoned industrial buildings. The downtown Omaha area seems to be in its early stages of rebuilding, but it’s too early to tell if the roots will take hold. A lot of the buildings in the area obviously have a history but are currently dormant. It doesn’t quite feel like a ghost town walking through these streets…but it doesn’t feel too far away either.
That’s kind of how this image feels to me. There’s obviously something there, but that something is a little blurry…as though in a fading memory.
It’s interesting to reflect on this image and its meaning to me. I wonder if my subconscious was drawn to make this image because it recognized the aesthetic of the scene was symbolic of the area. Or am I assigning meaning to this image after-the-fact when there wasn’t really any meaning to begin with? I often wonder this about symbolism in others’ works of art (how much color symbolism did Fitzgerald actually intend when he wrote The Great Gatsby?), but I don’t know that I’ve ever asked these questions about my own images…weird.
Anyways, enough quasi-philosophical ramblings. This series is mostly about the gear, so I’ll be back tomorrow to talk more about the X100F itself!