New Castle Downtown, a Street and Alley Walk

The second of our photographic field trips this term took place Wednesday, October 20, 2010.  At the request of one of my students, and contrary to previous trips into the beautiful countryside of western Pennsylvania, we decided to visit downtown New Castle and look into creating interesting, challenging and possibly beautiful images with a little less assistance from nature.

When I was beginning to really learn the art of photography, my mentor, R. Brent White, explained that he thought there were two main branches on the tree of photography: those who photograph what’s given, and those who create lighting to feature what they choose.

With that in mind, beautiful nature settings or street photographer,  both belong to the branch in which one creates imagery from what’s found, although in different ways of photographic seeing.

A few of my experiments with architecture, artifacts and “found” street images appear below.  I’m excited to see the photos taken by the class members.

This week, the 27th, is the last class of this session at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts.  It will be interesting as we come together and review.



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