New Year’s Day has about as many traditions for us as Christmas Day. Most of these tend to be anti-climactic as the holiday season draws to a close and we mentally prepare to return to work. The tree and decorations are taken down as we watch the Rose Parade. The rest of the day is spent watching football, with nachos for dinner. Thus it’s been for many years now.
I took a couple of breaks from football and un-decorating to indulge in a bit of photography. First, I ran over to Glynda’s house to see Katie’s new Canon DSLR. Later, Houston came up to watch the Georgia game in the Sugar Bowl. Before it began, we headed downtown to do a bit of night photography.
We talked a bit about an upcoming photo weekend we’re planning. The idea is to find some interesting areas of rural South Carolina. I commented on the fact that there doesn’t seem to be much in Greenville that’s interesting to photography any more. Houston wondered whether or not if was a matter of too much familiarity. I live here, so things that might escape my notice might be of interest to someone who doesn’t see them every day.
This observation is borne out by looking at the photos of other Flickr photographers from this area, and see what they are able to find to photograph. The photographer that’s caught my eye lately is patleeo. He uses older medium format film cameras, such as Holgas. He’s able to dig up some interesting images in the county, despite the rampant development.
Perhaps there is hope for our county. I may have to look closer, and try to look at the town and county as if I were a visitor. I’ll have to look quickly, though, because vinyl-sided McMansions do seem to be spreading faster than the kudzu.