A Funeral with an Ominous Sky

2018-01-04

When I was studying art history in college, one of the more difficult areas for me was architecture.  Identifying architecture was a challenge for me.

 

To ring in the New Year, I’ve done a free ten-day photography course with WordPress called “Developing Your Eye.”  I am a junior operations manager at a cemetery where I provide some assistance with funerals occasionally.  Evaluating how best to address architecture with a single monochrome photograph I settled on taking a photo of the exterior of a local church where a funeral service was being performed.

 

An ominous sky helps set the mood for the photo.

 

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Outside a church where a funeral service is going on

I don’t want to say a lot about the symbolism of how the monochrome sky appears in the photo.  That being said, compared to the church itself the sky is the real architecture, the architecture of God at the end of the lifetime of a human being remembered and bid farewell.

 

This course Developing Your Eye has been the first learning I’ve done in photography, even though I’ve been taking photographs five years, and the first study I’ve undertaken in a couple of years.  I was in college years ago and I just scraped by–I wasn’t brilliant.  However, that doesn’t stop me wanting to write my own blog.

 

Life without a blog is like complete illiteracy.

 

I don’t feel very scholarly nor a luminary, but I am grateful for what outreach I’ve had on this blog.  Sometimes it’s been flattering.

 

As well, I’ve been able to impress a few family members with what I’ve undertaken with this blog.  Please rest assured that I would thank you for seeing my blog and reading pages from it.  I wish you well and let’s continue to have a great 2018.

That Green Lever is the Well in Winter

2018-01-03

To end 2017 with self-improvement in mind, I decided to complete a free ten-day course with WordPress.  I have got a little better as a photography owing to the exercises I’ve done for the course, called “Developing Your Eye.”  I am a week late finishing it, but today I am doing the ninth day.

 

I was asked to select a color for today’s photo, one color, and show it in a photo, perhaps to create mystery about what the photo shows.  For example, a brightly-painted door in a citadel could raise the question of what is beyond the door.

 

I looked around a little, but it wasn’t too hard to turn the theme of the exercise into a photo, and what I did was shoot the pump of the water well at the cemetery where I work.  It is winter time here, but the point is that the pump is the color green, in a white setting (snowbound).  The question for someone seeing the photo might be, for example, who draws water in summer?

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Water pump in winter

I am comfortable taking photos at the cemetery, and that lent to the confidence I had to take this picture.

 

The color green reminds me of a corporate décor, but in this case, the green merely points to the aesthetic of a well-kept cemetery.  It is behind the church which is at the front of the property.  Nothing about the exterior of the church is painted green.

 

I have been glad for the change of pace doing the course, even with the procrastination that challenged me when the holidays were here and taking up my time.  The winter weather has been extreme, as well.  Thank you for visiting my blog.

Solitude I Can Justify

2017-12-31

Not to be idle, and also to say farewell to 2017 and to welcome 2018, I am doing the free WordPress course, ten days long, called Developing Your Eye, to help me get a little better as a photographer. Honestly, I am a week late, but there has been holiday fun, the intense winter weather, and other reasons to procrastinate.

To complete the exercise for Day Six of the course, I took to the idea of solitude. How I thought to illustrate solitude is to show the vantage point of a walking trail up the street from where I live, between an elementary school where some of my education took place when I was little, and a gospel chapel on the other side of the trail.

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A gospel chapel the last day of the year

While I don’t attend the chapel, this point of origin symbolizes for me the distance between my home now, to the road to where my parents live, and where I spent my teenage years and most of my twenties. Down the street I live alone. The solitude is having left where I resided in my younger years.

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On the path beside the gospel chapel

In 1978 DC Comics gave us the big screen adaptation of the Superman comic starring the late Christopher Reeves–I realize the film belongs to a generation older than mine. Superman, reflecting on his power, travels north to his Fortress of Solitude to find answers about his fate and his obligation as a hero.

The silver screen images of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude became so iconic that even in the present Henry Cavill version of the Superman saga the recreated Fortress of Solitude in his films strongly resembles the design of the 1978 film with Christopher Reeve. The nineteen seventies Fortress of Solitude has been translated to the current Superman films with a similar design that remembers Superman on film in the seventies and eighties.

Why does the caped superhero require solitude? Solitude can permit a person to approach life with his own direction, unimpeded by the feedback of others.

The town here is small but it is a city–it is never that lonesome. There is contact with people each and every day.

It doesn’t mean that I don’t cultivate an attitude of preserving solitude, and I imagine it shows in the style of the blog I write and in the appearance of the photos I take. I imagine many humans likewise treasure their solitude, particularly in that as adults there are so many demands and requirements for living in a Western culture that we have little choice but to conform.

When there is an opportunity for solitude, in contrast to what we are tasked with doing in the course of day-to-day work, solitude becomes extremely valuable, at least in small measures. In other words, silence is golden.

I realize it is ironic I am writing that when blogging can be seen as a search for a community (and WordPress is an inclusive community). Blogging is a given in this day and age–if you have even a basic amount of computer literacy, it is not surprising if you are blogging.

If you are doing business, and you personally have some computer literacy or otherwise a member of your team is computer-literate, you should have a blog. Even as I assert my blog is not making me money, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to pursue it. I suppose I am trying to have my cake and eat it, too, but I have the solitude that I think makes me truer and I am likewise active at participating in the Internet, which is millions and millions of others.

I don’t think foregoing solitude is the answer, but I respect those people for whom blogging is not just satisfying as an opportunity to make discoveries, but who profit financially by being business-savvy with the blogging that they do.

You can find my church at https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited