2. Taking pictures is a funny thing. I had a good time wandering around the west side of the University of Oregon campus, taking mostly candids, but also taking some pictures of inanimate objects. I took one picture that I decided to post in my Facebook album that I knew would get no response (and it didn't and and that's fine!). But I really like it. It's one of my favorites. To me it's a picture of an existential moment with an anonymous individual in the bottom right corner faced with an Alder Street expanse of, really, nothingness...impersonal cars, a virtually empty sidewalk, populated only by a couple of indistinct, faceless figures, a row of businesses, some open, some closed, but little life. The person had just rounded the corner and has stopped and I imagined this unknown person suddenly faced with a crisis of facing an absurd street, with no essential meaning, a place that is alive only if the person facing it makes it so. Is this person facing the benign indifference of Alder Street? I think so.
|Facing the Benign Indifference of Alder Street|