Today I went to a beautiful bridge and another waterfall that is close to the Ecolab. The area is filled with various stone structures, like bridges, cisterns, pump houses and a coach house. All relics from the wealthy businessmen that used to live here. They make for some interesting shots and this is one of the best bridges on the property.
This evening Hannah and I went to shoot a graveyard right in the heart of Danville. There are some very old graves there (I found one from around the 1770’s). Almost all of the graves are from people that have been dead for a very long time and have most likely been completely forgotten about. But as Hannah said, our photos remember and honor them in some way.
It’s weird how you read something or see something and then it shows up in the world around you. I’ve been learning about ancient art, things like pyramids, temples, tombs and henges. And then I see these stones. They’ve been there for a long time, I’ve seen them many times and ignored them. And now I look at them and see the connection. A replica of some ancient stone, maybe. A connection to our past, our ancestors. Modern megaliths in a modern city, yet still ancient, still primordial.
I’m sure you’ve seen photos like this. There was a pretty popular set of photos from a photographer that were this style. So yes, I suppose I stole the idea from him. I’d credit his name if I knew it. We were almost done with our walk through the 100 Acres, when I stopped her, told her to hold my hand and walk up the path. And I got this shot. And I told her we would be the even cuter couple that did these photos. I tell her about all kinds of places, all around the world, that I’m going to take her. And she just says “I’ll go anywhere with you.” And I’ll go anywhere with her. And we’re gonna see this huge, magnificent, and magical world of ours.
Sometimes when I take a shot I can imagine so much more. So much more that could go into the shot. So many other shots that I could get. So many ways to play with the light and the location. All the different subjects, moods, and emotions I could work with. All these things just pop in my head and then it’s my job to turn it into reality. So as I took this shot, I explained to Hannah how I could imagine a bride, in an elegant white dress, walking down this path. This spot would be perfect for weddings. Maybe I’ll get those shots someday.
The Lilly house. It’s a beautiful mansion. It’s usually shot from the front, so I like this shot from the back. You have to walk about beautiful paths through gardens full of flowers to get to it. And then you turn around a corner and it emerges through trees. And there it is. Standing elegant and strong to this day. A very old mansion from another time, still holding onto and presenting the elegance and wealth of its time.
Today I was able to get outside and go exploring in the Ecolab again. It was another beautiful day and perfect for a walk. As I walked through the Ecolab, I wandered onto another a property and found some very cool old stone bridges spanning a little creek that were built by Jens Jensen. I also found a few abandoned stone buildings on the property. The buildings were a little creepy looking but very fun to look at. And I started to think about how much there is all around us. There’s so much to see, so many places to explore, so many things to go find. These bridges and buildings have been here right by me for months and I didn’t find them until today. Think of how massive this world is and how much there is to see and photograph. It’s overwhelming and exhilarating and I can’t wait to start seeing it.