A neighbor saw me walking back and forth behind my apartment complex in Santa Barbara and asked: “What are you doing back there?”
I said “Looking for great light.”
He said “You’re lookin’ for light in all the wrong places.”
It was clever. I laughed and then took this self-portrait. Can anyone explain what another does? I find myself saying/thinking this all the time “What is he/she thinking? Why is he/she doing that? It makes absolutely no sense”
Then you see their incredible success. Amazing. I guess I only know slivers of fragments of shards of scattered information.
Photo tips, philosophical data and technical information
The high sunset is the light source in this photograph. I had an idea of what I wanted in this photograph and just watched and waited for the right light. I was looking for strong front lighting and the knives of light shafts shooting down the sides of the building for interesting background elements.
The exposure was f 16 at 1/250th. I was using Ilford Delta 400 film in my Rolleiflex 3.5e camera.
I have another 5 or so images from this location of different people but haven’t scanned them yet. They’ll eventually make their way onto the blog.