“Seeing” Boston for the first time…

December 05, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

I was born in Boston, spent the first seven years of my life there, and spent the rest of my school years in one of her suburbs.  I spent many nights in Boston when I was in college, although this isn’t the place to talk about those nights.  I worked in a Boston warehouse for a year and spent summers and vacations working at a humane society in the city.  It’s also just been one of my favorite places to visit, spending time at the museums, on the waterfront or downtown on the common or perhaps at a sporting event.

But I never really looked at the city.  Man there’s a lot to see.  All you have to do is pay attention.

I was in the city with Christine last Saturday, and we spent some time just wandering around Quincy Market, and then into the North End.  It being a Saturday, the outdoor market at Haymarket Square was in full swing.  What a great place to grocery shop if you can carry it away, (Unfortunately, we were taking the T on Saturday) and a great place to catch some color in your photos.  There’s two things I’ll note here on these two photos.

A whole bunch of beans!

In this first photo, the concept is simple.  If you fill the frame with the subject spilling out over the edges, it lets the viewer imagine that the subject of the photo can go on forever, or at least for a good while longer.  In this case, I was photographing a case of green beans, and quite honestly, there weren’t a whole lot more of them than are in the picture.  But framing it this was lets you imagine that there are lots more to see.

tomatoe in the squash

One of these things is not like the other...

Now with this one, I used the same concept, but with a twist.  (Well, actually a tomato) Adding one thing that is radically different from the rest of the subject holds your eye in the photograph.  Go ahead, just try to look away, I dare you.

Of course, you can’t hang around Boston without looking up, even if it makes you feel like a tourist.  I mean there is some pretty cool architecture around town.  Even better, there’s a very diverse mix of ages and styles in the Boston skyline.  There’s no trick to this next photo.  I just like the look of the Custom House contrasted against the more modern buildings.

Custom House

Contrasting textures.

As a bonus, you’ve got glass, granite, brick, metal, concrete, and God only knows what else, all as contrasting textures in this one.  There’s a bunch of different angles as well, emphasized by the lens distortion, and the edge of the Boston Aquarium peeking in from the right.

This next one gets included for two reasons.  First, I just think this store deserves props for still being a viable option in the middle of the city.  I mean, this is a REAL neighborhood hardware store.  Second, it’s got Bruins fans in the shot.

Tru-Value

Truly a neighborhood hardware store!

The last photo is probably my favorite from the day. As we were wandering around the North End, we decided to pay a visit to the Old North Church.  As we came up to it from the back of the church, we came across a memorial to our armed forces in the Middle East.  Comprised only of dog tags strung in rows, I thought it was a pretty powerful display.  It’s a shame that it’s pretty much out of the way.

Memorial

Dog Tags in the city,

So, even if you’re not up for carrying a camera around with you, keep your eyes open.  Pay attention to what’s around you.  There’s a whole lot to be seen!

I’m out…Peace!



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