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N 21 B 755 C 2 E Aug 7, 2014 F Aug 25, 2014
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Urban Life, Manhattan. New York City. August 7, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.

A woman sits in the sun on a stone bench against the wall of an urban building and beneath the shadows of lights and a security camera

I often wonder at the urban environment and how some places seem completely disconnected from the natural world that is how home. (No, I'm not an anti-urban or anti-city person, and I really love visiting New York. But still...) The almost entirely constructed environment is, in many ways, a marvel. The noise, the people, the constant motion can all be energizing. But eventually, at least for me, I reach my limit and I need a quiet time out to recover. And from time to time I need to completely escape from places like this.

I was just below Central Park one morning, where I had gone with a plan in mind of walking the perimeter of the park and photographing. (I almost completed this goal before the day ended, but ran out of time just a bit short of where I had started, when I realized that I was to meet up with some other people.) Before starting up the east side of the park I first went south a bit looking for breakfast and coffee, and I found this small courtyard near when I ate. I saw several things here that drew me to make a photograph — the solitary figure on the bench looking out of the frame, how small the position of her body and her position within the frame makes here appear, the cold and lifeless nature of the space in which she sits, the slightly ominous lights and their shadows above, and the even more ominous small security camera at upper right, probably watching and recording everything... including me as I made my photograph.

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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Tags:   woman sit bench stone wall lamps shadow alone lights security camera urban environment street manhattan new york city state usa north america

N 3 B 500 C 0 E Aug 8, 2014 F Aug 25, 2014
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i>Brooklyn Rorschach Test. Brooklyn, New York. August 8, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.

Layers and paint and removed paper create patterns on a concrete wall in Brooklyn

There isn't really a lot to say about this photograph, but there might be a few things to ask. This was more or less a quick "grab shot," taken while walking not far from the waterfront at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where it isn't uncommon to find places where various signs and billboards have been posted and then removed.

So, what you are looking at here is the result of various layers of paint and the after-effects of material that was glued to the walls and then removed. I think it is interesting to ask what you see in these patterns when you look at them. The more I look the more I see, but I won't try to convince you that what I see is the "right" thing to notice, and I think that lots of other interpretations are possible — or that you might even choose to simply see it as a place where stuff was removed from a black and green wall!

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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N 8 B 1.1K C 0 E Jun 13, 2014 F Jun 16, 2014
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Poles and Shaded Wall. San Francisco, California. June 13, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.

A curving arrangement of metal poles leads to the shaded front of an industrial building at a Port of San Francisco pier

I'm always fascinated by the juxtapositions of things - sometimes the ways that the forms of the natural world come together, but also the little surprises in the human world where things that might not have been thought of as being connected turn out to be. I also love seeing and understand how the camera sees differently that we do with our eyes.

This is just a section of warehouse loading docks along a commercial pier on the San Francisco waterfront. While walking along the shoreline I happened to see a road and pathway leading out onto the pier so I ambled that direction. The way was lined on both sides by the long buildings. On one side they were slightly in sunlight, and the angle of the light created an interested relief on the windows and doors and other textures. In this direction the walls were still in shadow, and the objectively somewhat white walls were subjective very blue—or perhaps I have that backwards!. Until you have seen what the camera sees in this kind of light you don't realize just how blue the shadows are, but here I decided to "embrace the blue" and let that colored shadow light be what it is. The curving arrangement of metal posts struck me as surprising. In a location where most things are arranged in very linear patterns, this curve seemed to stand out, and I enjoyed the pattern of their shadows on the asphalt.

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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Tags:   pier dock loading poles metal curve shaded doors wall asphalt industrial street structure san francisco port california usa north america stock license print

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Plants, Canyon Wall. Death Valley National Park, California. April 1, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.

Plants grow from thin cracks in the rock wall of a desert canyon, Death Valley National Park

I found this little scene in a well-known Death Valley Canyon, where the walls become vertical, hundreds of feet high, and quite close together. Canyons like this are some strange combination of beautiful — with soft light, colorful rock, shade — and harsh — with the clear evidence of flooding that periodically sweeps through and rearranges everything, against a backdrop of more typical aridity, and a terrain almost entirely consisting of rock.

In these places I am always intrigued by where and how plant life manages to survive. This is nowhere more true than in such canyons in Death Valley National Park, where the usual challenges are made worse by extreme heat and dryness. Here two kinds of plants have managed to find a foothold, but in must be a very tenuous one. The grow from thin cracks in solid rock, a good distance above whatever water comes during the periodic flooding of the wash, in an environment in which the light is most often muted yet in which extreme temperatures are common for much of the year.

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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Text, photographs, and other media are © Copyright G Dan Mitchell (or others when indicated) and are not in the public domain and may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from G Dan Mitchell.

Tags:   plant foliage desert canyon wall rock thin crack grow titus death valley national park california usa north america landscape intimate nature stock license print

N 16 B 1.3K C 1 E May 14, 2014 F May 24, 2014
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Double Bass, Backstage. San Jose, California. May 14, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.

A double bass rests back stage during a break in a rehearsal of Symphony Silicon Valley

This is a photograph from my ongoing project related to classical music performing groups and the musicians who belong to them. It falls into a category I have mentioned before, namely photographs of people and things that happen to turn up in the small areas of interesting backstage light that I have discovered. As I have worked several venues over the past two years I have gotten to know many things about them intimately, and one of those things is the location of the many little unexpected pools of interesting light. Sometimes I "stalk" those spots, just waiting for someone or something to happen there, and I always check them as I walk around the theater with my camera.

This is, obviously, a visually simple image—just a double bass lying on its side during a break in a rehearsal. (I was attracted by the contrast between the warm colors and interesting textures of the instrument and the "industrial" surroundings with their signs of heavy use and even minor damage.) From my point of view, however, it could lead to thoughts of a whole range of other things. I'm fascinated by what an instrument is and what it isn't. Instruments, musical and otherwise, are often remarkable things in that they allow us to do things that we can't otherwise do with our minds and bodies alone. The instruments of classical (and many other types of) music are fundamentally pretty simple things and often the result of some really "primitive" technologies, yet they are remarkably adapted to the purposes for which they are intended, generally as a result of a long and complex evolutionary process. But in the end, I would argue that even the most beautiful and sophisticated instrument is no more than a tool, and the really interesting things are how the tool is used by a person or persons to produce something far more meaningful and interesting than the instrument itself.

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
Blog | About | Flickr | Twitter | FacebookGoogle+ | 500px.com | LinkedIn | Email

Text, photographs, and other media are © Copyright G Dan Mitchell (or others when indicated) and are not in the public domain and may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from G Dan Mitchell.

Tags:   symphony silicon valley orchestra rehearsal musician artist double contra bass string backstage wall california theater musical instrument stock license print San Jose USA


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