Social Anthropology; Southern Memories

DSC_3414Travel pictures should tell a story, depict something unique about a location or evoke a memory. Sometimes, pictures of very ordinary subjects will tell more than images of traditional themes.

I happened across this location quite by accident and it immediately evoked memories of my childhood in rural North Carolina. In the south, outside laundromats were not uncommon. ┬áMany people did not have an automatic washer at home; those that did often didn’t have a dryer. I guess the fact that they were left open to the elements was a reflection of the local climate. Winters were fairly mild and summers could be uncomfortably hot, thus the need for good ventilation in the absence of air conditioning. While my family was lucky enough to have both a washer and dryer at home, the sight of an outside laundromat still reminds me of home.

Travel Pic of the Day: Name That Building

ISO 250, f/7.1, exposure 1/60 sec, time 3:15pm

ISO 250, f/7.1, exposure 1/60 sec, time 3:15pm

So, let’s try something different today. Kudos and big thumbs up to the first person to correctly identify this historic building. While the graffiti doesn’t help the look, this unassuming building played a HUGE roll in history and may have even affected your life. Name the building.

Travel Pic of The Day; Washington, D.C.

Travel Pic of The DayAs I’ve mentioned before, I like to shoot from high up whenever possible. This image was captured from the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Notice how natural leading lines draw your eyes from the circular World War II Memorial, at the bottom of the image, along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, to the Lincoln Memorial and finally across the Arlington Memorial Bridge into Arlington, Virginia.

Tech Specs: ISO-80, f/4.8, exposure 1/320 second, time of day: 9:41 am

Travel Pic of The Day

St. Pete PierThis image was taken while on location to shoot a concert in Vinoy Park, which is directly across the water from the St. Pete Pier. As I waited for the show to begin, I noticed how colorful and bright the pier looked in the late-day sun.

Tech Specs: ISO-800, f/9, exposure setting: 1/250 sec, time of day – 6:14 pm