Thursday, January 24, 2008

Memorial Drive Sunset

This photo was taken about 5 minutes after the Boxcar Art photo below. I decided to return home via Memorial Drive, to avoid the downtown traffic as it would be rush hour. I took this shot, in between cars, as they passed by. Lake Nipissing is a beautiful lake, all year around.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Boxcar "Art"....?

A couple of days ago, the graphics painted on this old boxcar caught my eye. It is possibly a "self portrait" of somebody who likes to paint with a long handled paint roller, on old buildings, alley walls, and boxcars, etc. At first glance, it did not impress me too much. But after taking a couple of shots, I began to think about it a bit. As photographers, we take and make pictures, and place them on the internet in blogs, and elabourate web sites, to display our skills and interests. Occasionally, someone comments on the piece we have chosen to post. But the person who painted this graphic on an old boxcar, probably doesn't have a computer, or camera, and preferes instead to display his or her artistic skills and interests on an object that moves thousands and thousands of miles about the continent each year. No opinion expected. At the time I took this photo, this graphic or art piece, and it has as much validity as some that are touted to be fine art these days, is sidlined on a side spur in North Bay. Is that any worse than having our photography lost somewhere out in cyberspace? Maybe..... and maybe not.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Feelin' like a Slushie?

This graphic on the side of a kiosk on the Government Dock is intended to be an enticement to enjoy a cool refreshment on a hot summers day. However, today, it is somewhat indicative of the area roads after the salt trucks have been around. It also describes the sensations inside my "Beachball" of a head, as I have been trying to recover from a severe head cold, which is the main reason for the long hiatus from posting anything in this blog lately. That's my story.... and I'm sticking to it!