Hoping to capture some random, interesting shots, I rigged up my iPhone so it hung from the middle of my chest and set it to take a shot every 4 seconds. I did find myself leaning over or leaning up or pausing in a particular spot with hopes of getting a good shot, but mostly these are just random.
I ended up with 522 shots and I'm pulling these 7 to share with you... and to hold onto as potential inspiration.
Gumball seed pods on bare branches.
As I was walking, I was fighting various irritations. I was using a new leash and it wasn't working properly. One of my feet was achy. I had not turned off the sound on the iPhone camera and the clicking shutter was annoying.
I had to work at ignoring those irritations. It wasn't easy. It's a metaphor for the creative life, I suppose. If we are honest about artist dates, I think we have to admit that sometimes they don't go as desired.
Bare trunk dividing the picture dramatically in half.
Dense trees. Various browns in contrast to the gray sky.
This is my very favorite shot. I would never intentionally compose a shot this way, but I love that vast expanse of gray sky with branches and rooftops just barely at the bottom of the image.
Gray. Cloudy. January.
Can you see the size of the turkey buzzards on that roof top? This was the most exciting part of my walk. There were at least 15 of the birds on various rooftops. They are so big. And so ugly!
This shot is really about the amazing color of the moss on this tree trunk.
Spotty, bright green moss.
More gumball seed pods, this time scattered on the street in an interesting wavy pattern.
Grass. Curb. Leaves. Seed pods.
Later this month, I think I'll pull out some paint and pens and take this inspiration to my sketchbook. For now, I'm happy to let these images just simmer a bit.
I'll also leave you with the idea that anything can be an "artist date" if you go into it with the intention of seeking inspiration and "filling the well." A walk, a drive, a trip to the grocery store...