“…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 Eagles 

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 View from the Bedside

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.

The iconic & infamously noisy cheap motel AC unit, ©2015 Reginald Foster

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.

The Mostly Uncomfortable Chair of Questionable Hygiene

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.

The creepy adjoining door that seperates you from the serial killer in the next room, ©2015 Reginald Foster

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.

My Travelin’ Sneaks and the Questionable Carpet

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.

Homage to the Anonymous Artist, ©2015 Reginald Foster
The Crooked Lampshade
The iconic cheap motel bathroom decor, circa 1971, ©2015 Reginald Foster
The combination Desk/Clothes Hanger

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Equipment Used

  • Leica M6TTL
  • Leica 35 Summicron

Film Processing

  • Film: Kodak Tmax 400
  • Processed in Kodak Tmax Developer

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