Kissimmee

Past Life

“Clouds suit my mood just fine.”
― Marie Lu,
Champion

I don’t think I could have been much more pleased with the clouds in this photo. Captured just minutes before a torrential afternoon thunderstorm was unleashed upon us, the B&W conversion allowed me to push the range of tones in the image and pull out those clouds. Deepening the blacks created a darker mood and atmosphere not as present in the color image but, for me, took it from “So what?” to “Oh, nice!”. I hope you like it, too.

"Past Life", Nikon D800, ISO 640 f/13 at 1/640sec., 125mm

“Past Life”, Nikon D800, ISO 640 f/13 at 1/640sec., 125mm

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It’s Magic!

Baudrillard’s 3rd Order of Hyperreality: There is a reversal between the real and the representation, such that the representation precedes the real, and in fact, produces it. What it produces is “hyperreality”. Baudrillard posits that this has become our dominant way of understanding and experiencing the world.

Living just outside the world’s most popular theme park destinations comes with a special portion of head-scratching hoopla. Many attempts to draw in the tourists that Disney and Universal has already drawn in don’t last more than a month or two. Others manufacture a successful gimmick that enables them to explode and build multiple locations. And sometimes those gimmicks are painful to look at: vibrant reminders that very few of the people surrounding me at any time know anything about the reality of this place where I live. People seldom come here to visit what’s real here: the beautiful cypress swamps or what little is left of “natural Florida”. People come to visit the compounds of hyperreality built by entertainment corporations and to experience having their hard-earned cash magically disappear from their pockets. If one should happen to come out with money still in pocket, one need only remember the obligation to purchase discount souvenirs to take home to those that didn’t merit the full-priced, higher-quality versions. You’ll find at your disposal numerous locations adept at the magic of tourist cash transference available to happily help out.

"Gift Shop", Nikon D800, ISO 1600, f/5.0 at 1/50sec., 28mm

“Gift Shop”, Nikon D800, ISO 1600, f/5.0 at 1/50sec., 28mm

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Patina

“Fewer and fewer Americans possess objects that have a patina, old furniture, grandparents pots and pans — the used things, warm with generations of human touch, essential to a human landscape. Instead, we have our paper phantoms, transistorized landscapes. A featherweight portable museum.”
— Susan Sontag

I like old things that encapsulate portions of my family history. Though James and I had no choice but to downsize a great deal in the cancer-imposed exodus from Utah, we held on to the pieces of family history that were important to us in lieu of newer, functional things that could be replaced. Some day.

This weathered old leather object — I have no idea what it is — caught my eye as I wandered through what is left of an old machine shed that sits a few miles from home. Perhaps it’s part of an old bridle? In any case, it’s now the subject of this photograph, in addition to whatever it was before. I hope you like the photo. If you have ideas about the identity of the subject, please post a comment below.

"Patina", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/5.0 at 1/60 sec., 70mm

“Patina”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/5.0 at 1/60 sec., 70mm

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Going Up

“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.”
—Ruth E. Renkel

"Going Up", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/11 at 1/40 sec., 50mm

“Going Up”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/11 at 1/40 sec., 50mm
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Reflections of Cypress

“To love a swamp, however, is to love what is muted and marginal, what exists in the shadows, what shoulders its way out of mud and scurries along the damp edges of what is most commonly praised. And sometimes its invisibility is a blessing. Swamps and bogs are places of transition and wild growth, breeding grounds, experimental labs where organisms and ideas have the luxury of being out of the spotlight, where the imagination can mutate and mate, send tendrils into and out of the water.”
― Barbara Hurd,
Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination

I promised this post would be brighter than my last one but I never said it would be colorful! I hope you like it.

"Reflections of Cypress"

“Reflections of Cypress”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/20 at 1/60 sec., 16mm
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Abused and Blue at 15

“Threaten the oppressed and be prepared to face their onslaught, abuse them and be prepared for an even greater threat.”
— Martin Dansky

As this is my second glass block photo within a week, I’ll admit that I’ve long been a fan of glass blocks. This configuration, lighting and the dark hue of the blocks produced by the shadows of the building’s interior caught my attention when I was downtown recently. During processing, I messed around quite a bit with the texture of the wall to make the image better convey the sense of time and neglect I perceived standing at the location. I hope you like it.

"Abused and Blue at 15", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/3.2 at 1/2500 sec., 50mm

“Abused and Blue at 15”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/3.2 at 1/2500 sec., 50mm
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Sapphire Inn

“Where you have friends you should not go to inns.”
— George Eliot

I’ve walked past this place a dozen times on various photo walks, but never before had the chair been in place and the light seemed so interesting. I’m not sure how long The Sapphire Inn has operated in downtown Kissimmee, but from the looks of the place, it’s been around a while. They don’t have a web page, but I do know they have cable — at least in unit 8.

"Sapphire Inn", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/5.0 at 1/1000 sec., 50mm

“Sapphire Inn”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/5.0 at 1/1000 sec., 50mm
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Faith in the Shadows

“The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God. ‘They won’t let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.’
‘What are you complaining about?’ said God. ‘They won’t let Me in either.”

― Brennan Manning, “The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out”

I love old churches: their architecture is part of the appeal, but more often than not, I think of the countless pleas and prayers that have been uttered within their walls. At its core, faith is trust; trust in something that cannot be proved. Our faith — our beliefs, shape us and mold us and even dictate our interactions with the world around us. As psychiatrist Dr. Timothy R. Jennings puts it so eloquently in his book, Could It Be This Simple?, “We have power over what we believe, but what we believe has power over us.”

I hope you like the photo.

"First Presbyterian Church, Kissimmee", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 50mm

“First Presbyterian Church, Kissimmee”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 50mm

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A Prior Arrangement

“Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.”
Desiderius Erasmus

I went on a photo walk around downtown Kissimmee yesterday. This weathered and worn arrangement of nature in plastic caught my eye at the back door of a downtown business. Maybe it’s just me and my natural curiosity, but when I see things like this I want to know more: What’s the story? No matter how simple, there is always a story.

"A Prior Arrangement", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/7.1 at 1/640 sec., 50mm

“A Prior Arrangement”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/7.1 at 1/640 sec., 50mm
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Another Day is Awning

I decided to move the blog over to a new WordPress theme and layout, called Suits. I chose this theme because it’s clean, easier to read and more vibrant/bold than was the Enterprise theme I used previously. Let me know what you think of the new look.

As for the photo, I just liked the awnings, lines and angles in this building. I hope you like it, too.

"Another Day is Awning", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/13 at 1/200 sec., 19mm

“Another Day is Awning”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/13 at 1/200 sec., 19mm
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