Closer to the light


When I am wandering around in my archive, looking for something to post, I generally ignore anything with sun flares. Other photographers do cool things with them, but I almost never get anything that looks like the flares are there for a reason (other than, you know, pointing the camera at the sun.)

This shot, of an old roadside store, caught my attention. And I don’t even know why.

I am still not too much a fan of the flares, but I make up for it by how much I like the dappled light on the floor.

And, to head off on a completely random tangent, this tiny town in the Texas Panhandle has a very interesting history.  During World War II, there was a prisoner of war camp, housing Italian prisoners, in a nearby town; seven of these prisoners painted decorative designs on the interior of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Umbarger.  Here’s a story about it on National Public Radio. The church has recently had the paintings restored, and if you make arrangements in advance, some of the members of the church can meet you there and show you around.

Not the sort of thing you hear about every day…

Umbarger, Texas
photographed 1.21.2012

Posted on June 27, 2013, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I like this image a lot…


  2. I like these sun flares very much, Melinda – how they lead you into the room., and yes the dappled floor light! Very nice.


  3. I don’t mind sun flares, but that is because I often shoot into the sun with a wide angle lens, a vintage lens without modern coatings, so I have to live with them. Though I will sometimes clone one or two of them out if they are a bit obnoxious.

    These ones though – as Karen mentions – lead the eye right into the room and I think do a nice job of balancing the lights on the floor. And the sunspots spots, they seem to be flowing out of the door, slowly, like a thin stretchy viscous layer.

    Those lights put into my mind an archaeological project I have been documenting in a heritage building – it has a great brick floor that we have exposed, and lots of holes in the roof. I have been cursing the sunspots, and sending people up a ladder to cover what holes they can (without walking on the roof). Now I know I should love those sunspots, and shoot just them against a dark interior. To heck with documentary detail – bring on the art!


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