“…And I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Heaven or this could be Hell”
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say…
Welcome to the Hotel California…”
The “social distancing” brought on by the current Covid-19 pandemic reminded me of one of my previous posts in which, for lack of other photographic targets, I used my, then current, environment as the subject of an ad-hoc photo project. Yeah, kinda’ like what we’re all doing now. Right?
So, I hope you enjoy the Respin…
The oceans of people, the endless lines, the hair-trigger emotions… Holiday travel really does suck! Just so you know… It sucks even more if your flight gets cancelled. So it was for me while traveling from Seattle to Chicago on one of those wintry evenings when O’hare airport was socked in due to a snowstorm. Like so many travelers that evening, I sought some place other than the airline gate area to hole up for the night.
So I found myself at one of those hotels, motels, or whatever-you-call-it inns that will rent a room for a night, or an hour in some cases, for little next to nothing. Not surprisingly, the room was a bit dark & dingy, but I really just wanted someplace to grab a few Z’s and a shower before heading back to the airport. Yes, sometimes, you really do get what ya’ pay for.
But, I was in a quandary. I was dog-tired and had arrived too late to safely do any photo roaming in the area. So what’s a photog to do? First – Take a nap. Done. Second – Instant Photo Project! Just what I needed to get my photo groove on after a long day of greetings, meetings, & delays.
At times, photography can be the art of making the commonplace… interesting. This was one of those times. The room was an apt subject. It was moody, but didn’t complain. Besides, I needed to exercise a visual arts muscle or two.
Was I successful in making the commonplace interesting? I have my own opinion, but remember, art is like beauty…it’s all in the eye of the beholder. You be the judge.
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- Leica M6TTL
- Leica 35 Summicron
- Film: Kodak Tmax 400
- Processed in Kodak Tmax Developer
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