Ever been in the right place; but at the “wrong time?………
Nothing wrong with this photo- looks like everything went just right doesn’t it? There’s a reason for that- It’s the image I wanted you to see- It’s the one that “tells the story” of my experience there.
This is the one I took the day before:
Not so impressive is it?Almost the exact same spot- but it wasn’t “the right time” for all the elements to come together.
Was I dissapointed in this one? no, not really- I KNEW it was where I wanted to be photographically and I
worked hard drove a long way just to get here.
I took a chance that conditions would be good to make the image I held so clear in my mind ( the conditions dept. didn’t get the memo ….) I could have held up my hands and said “oh well, I tried- this is what it is”…..and isn’t that what a lot of us do in our lives sometimes too? We get to where we think we need to be, instead of opening our eyes to the possibilities that surround us?
Facing facts that I couldn’t change the weather, I decided to change how I looked at the situation. I started “Working the scene” – not staying in one place waiting.
( although, when you get that gut feeling to wait patiently right where you are; you better heed it- cause changes are a comin one way or another! *Smiles*)
Here is what I found:
If I had given up when I was so very close, I wouldn’t have gotten this shot- even though I was literally just around the bend from it! I would like to point out that I never took my eyes off of where I wanted to be- that’s still the Morris Island Lighthouse in the background- But I changed the angle of my approach to make what I had available work for me.
As for patience, I came back the next day- with a fresh perspective of not coming into this with expectations of what I wanted to photograph; but kept an open mind that I should just be there in the moment. Afterall, I was coming back to the place I wanted to be.
The top photograph in this blog was taken on my last day in Charleston SC. just as the sun rose above the horizon line of the ocean. This is the photo that ended up being better than what I thought I had came there for in the first place…
Doorway of mystery in Charleston SC
I’m drawn to doorways- they facinate me for some reason. Some doorways/portals locked to us for all time; some open and welcoming-Maybe it’s the mystery of what waits behind them?
The shadows of the iron fence drew me to this one, as did the upside down skeleton keyhole. It made me curious as most things I photograph do. I wanted to know the story behind the upside down keyhole, the stories of those who live behind this formitable doorway- it’s my nature to savor the “what if’s” as I visually tell the story of my couriosity…..
Broad Street in Charleston SC
I’m excited to announce that my new show is now on display at the Art Emporium in Charleston WV ( on the corner of Quarrier and Hale Streets)
The show will run from June 18th through July 14th, 2012.
The Artists reception (that would be for me!) will be held on June 21st (Thursday) from 5 til 8pm.
Please come out and support ALL the artist’s who are showing during this FestivALL’s Artwalk- and if you were a friend of Bill Foster III- I’d really like it if you could come by and at least say “Hi” -to remember an old friend.
© Clayton Spangler Photographic Design
Happy Halloween everyone! ( or Samhain- if you’re Celtically inclined- *pronounced sow-an or sow-in“. The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”.)
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays- it always has been!
( And it was an excuse to share a photo I made to illustrate the holiday – Go figure! )
This photo and one more….. I’m not revealing it here- you HAVE to go see it there…..will be on display at the HallowEAST ArtMares Exhibit this weekend-see you there at the Zombie walk!
If you haven’t had a chance to see the Charleston Collection ( my exhibit) at the Art Emporium, Charleston is having an Artwalk on November 27th (Friday after Thanksgiving)
Come on by and see the show!
The new 2010 “Charleston Collection” and the first ever “West Virginia”Collection” of my Photographic Design Calendars are in stock and NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!!
These calendars showcase digitally painted photographs by Nationally recognized
and award winning photographer……me! ( Clayton Spangler )
If you’d like to order from my website; here’s the link:
( The 2009 “Charleston Collection” Calendars sold out within 1 month last year, so don’t get left out! Be sure and order yours today….)
The winners of the Scott Kelby 2009 Worldwide Photowalk have been announced!
Click here for the list of winners !