The other night I had a couple minutes before picking up food at Siam Square, the Thai Restaurant connected to the Victory Inn Hotel across from Arbor Land, so I took a couple pictures. Certain parts of the building are quite nice looking with its long orange walls and pointed roofs... and its prominent but nearly invisible “3750.”
A few nights ago I started experimenting with slightly longer shutter lengths than you’d normally use when hand-holding a camera at night. I was only trying for soft focus or hints of movement but the most interesting parts of the images were the light trails so that’s what I tried to highlight. I kept feeling out duration versus impressions on the sensor. The images here are the result of a few night’s worth of trial-and-error. I like this style. I like the flat black backgrounds and the way they swallow up any remaining bits of detail. I might work with it for a while and see where it leads. It's not officially a series yet—at least in terms of what I like to achieve through set of images—but it’s probably leading to that. I just need to introduce some other element. Maybe another color, a type of split-toning, or an artifact of the slow shutter.
For some reason, I was thinking it would be easy to put the camera between two facing mirrors and make a recursive image. Not the case. The lens seems to get in its own way, multiplying everything except itself.
Do Make Say Think at El Club, Detroit, December 10, 2017.
Music and movie posters that hung in my bedroom during my late high school and early community college years (roughly 1998–2002).
Cats, driving, babies, television. Not pictured: sleeping in, too much food, NCRC gym, board games.
A member of the Kikuno-Kai Dance Troupe, part of Japan Cultural Days at the DIA this weekend.
Frankenstein, Wednesday, and Thing (isn't it obvious?). We tried hard to get the lighting just right, or as right as you can get by turning off the overheads and hand-holding a desk lamp.