Photo 101, Day Five: Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”

Four views from an area in transition. Columbus, Ohio.

For me solitude on a beach or in a yurt just isn’t an option. The sheer amount of people one has to deal with to get to these places outweighs the benefits. I find solitude wandering around and finding beauty in places no sane individual wanders or finds beauty. But if you’ve looked at the rest of this blog, I’m not exactly sane.

When I got the camera last week, my first outing was to an area along East Fifth Avenue in Columbus between Fourth Street and Cleveland Avenue, near the railroad tracks. The city is in the process of prettifying E. 5th with fancy street lights. Soon warehouses will give way to urban infill housing. Along the tracks, sidewalks and trees are already in.

Walking around these liminal spaces frees my focus to notice the beauty in the geometry and the splashes of color.

Oh yeah, and a bunch of thirds.

Dead end in Grant Park redevelopment area.
Dead end in Grant Park redevelopment area.
A truck alone in front of a bunch of places where you need to be alone.
A truck alone in front of a bunch of places where you need to be alone.
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A fork. Alone. When you wander these spaces, sometimes you look down.
Sidewalk and trees awaiting walkers and climbers. Grant Park Redevelopment Area.
Sidewalk and trees awaiting walkers and climbers. Grant Park Redevelopment Area.
Same view, but now in black and white. B/W really piles on the lonliness, right?
Same view, but now in black and white. B/W really piles on the lonliness, right?
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2 thoughts on “Photo 101, Day Five: Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”

  1. I find this post super inspiring. Using photography to find design in any scene is so much fun. Anybody can make, say, a secluded Hawaii beach look lovely. But how about making artistry out of the everyday? Well done!

    1. Thanks so much! 🙂 Also, putting a camera around my neck gives me license to wander around these “ugly” places without seeming too off…

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