Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Old Bank Drive-Through 5

June 5, 2017

Sunday mornings are my favorite time to go out with the camera because people are usually not where I want to be. But this Sunday was forecast to be cloudy and maybe even rainy, so I grudgingly opted for Monday. Oh, but wait! That would be Memorial Day! People might not be milling about downtown Oberlin in the early morning. Bingo. I rather quickly made my way back to the old bank drive-through and, because it had rained heavily during the night, the cement had a distinctly different look from the one it had April 30, when I took my first photographs there. And no one was around to get in my way or question me. So the series continues.

8 responses

  1. There are places I’m just not comfortable being in with a camera. The other day I was in a small town that is so “cute” if I can use that word, but I would have stuck out if I’d started photographing every odd corner of town (like the 6″ space between two old buildings. I guess if I got really good with a compact camera I might be able to do it. But yes, Memorial Day was perfect for shooting Mon. – Fri. commercial spaces. Glad that worked out!


    June 5, 2017 at 3:12 PM

  2. One of the traits we need to acquire as photographers is a ‘thick skin’ to be prepared for the strange looks of ordinary people – and I know you have that attribute. But we also need space and quietness and those are the factors we often can’t control – we need quietness to concentrate. Then, the rewards flow. Well seen, Linda. My first thought when I viewed this was to call it ‘fault line’.


    June 7, 2017 at 3:27 AM

    • I agree about the need for quietness to take a good photograph, Andy. Even though I enjoy going someplace new with another photographer, I also relish the times—especially at the river—when I can be more aware of my feelings in solitude. . . . I suppose a crack is a fault . . .


      June 7, 2017 at 3:07 PM

      • Otto von Munchow (who I hope you know through WordPress, and who writes so well about the Art of Seeing) said: ‘Solitude is the sine quo non of creation, discovery and epiphany’. I’m sure he’s right.


        June 7, 2017 at 4:50 PM

        • Yes, I do know Otto von Munchow through WordPress (in fact, he gave me a like on today’s (June 7) post). Nice words; they fit my way of doing things. Thanks for passing them along here, Andy.


          June 7, 2017 at 8:56 PM

  3. Yes – the space and quiet are great when you get them, and you’re not distracted by what other people are doing.


    June 7, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    • It’s probably more important for those who see our photography as a meditation or contemplation. I think it probably is not as important for photographers doing street photography of people. (Yeah, how could you take photographs of people if they weren’t around, duh.)


      June 7, 2017 at 3:10 PM

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