Welcome to PhotoFlash!
Each week I will post a photograph (mine, so that means you get to deal with my artistic sensibilities or lack thereof). I’ll tell you where I took it, what my thoughts were at the time. Then you (anyone who’s interested) respond with a tiny bit of flash, whether essay or fiction, that’s inspired by that photograph. It doesn’t have to be about the photograph… take it wherever it leads your imagination! Just because it’s foliage doesn’t mean you need to write about flowers. I’ll post my own response to it in the comments sometime during the day.
Please feel free to post your ficlets on your own site and link back. Please feel free to pass this around to others! The more the merrier.
And now, PhotoFlash #3:
You’ll start to notice themes in my photography. I take pictures of my kids (and their associated activities of Tae Kwon Do and Basketball). I take pictures of the cat (who doesn’t?). I take pictures of animals and foliage. And I take pictures of architecture.
I never wanted to be an architect. I don’t want to create buildings, but I am utterly fascinated by how buildings have been created. I love the art in an old building, all the little bits and pieces that make up the whole. And I am lucky in that the area where I live is filled with lots of lovely old architecture, and fascinating modern pieces as well.
This building is in downtown Albany and is one of my absolute favorites. It was once the hub for the Delaware & Hudson railroad, and lies right on the river. It is now state offices (I think), but it is still beautiful and castle-like, and someday I need to get a proper picture of it lit up at night (gorgeous!). I’ve tried many times to take the perfect picture of this classic building, and this is one of the better ones. The city grew up around it, squeezing in and making it impossible to get just the building without everything else of the city included as well.
One of the best views of the building is from the other side, but that would involve taking a picture from a car on the highway, which I’ve tried to do (as a passenger, of course!). It doesn’t work well, and that highway is not made for stopping along the side for photography sessions.