Description I grabbed this shot at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose, then moved in closer to watch these three people painting the same scene. In the photo, you can see two images. It’s amazing to see how different people see and interpret the same object.
Bob Wall, San Jose Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement After 35+ years of shooting thousands of rolls of film, as a “professional” photographer (army photographer and freelancer) and then mostly as a snapshot shooter, (kids and family, some travel), I finally decided to try digital photography a couple of years ago.
Most of my pics here are "as shot", meaning no, or little, cropping, and no electronic enhancement other than to click the "AutoBalance" button. Maybe just a little boost in contrast (OK, once in a while a big boost in contrast). Eventually I plan to learn to use photo manipulation software, but right now I'm having too much fun just shooting 'em as I see 'em. Some of the pics go back to my "early days" as a photographer when I shot almost exclusively black and white. With the advent of digital photography, I finally decided I like shooting color too.
I like to shoot the objects you see everyday, but maybe from a slightly different angle. Or focus a little closer on something you might ordinarily overlook. Instead of the big picture, I might focus on the little things in that picture. Anybody can shoot a building; I want to shoot the details that make that building unique.
I like to make people think. I want people to pay attention to what's around them. Break out of their box. Look at the knotholes in a tree; look at a rain-soaked parking lot; look at the shapes, textures and colors in something as simple as an awning or a pair of jeans.
Stand by the railroad tracks when a freight train goes by and look at the graffiti on the railcars. Some of it is really pretty good. Get up-close and personal with the bark on a tree. In other words, see The Galaxy In A Knothole (one of my favorite pics). Above all, don't just look, but SEE. See what is really there in the details.
I hope you enjoy them. Half of any profits from the sale of these photographs will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. I encourage others to do the same for other food banks in their areas.