In my last post I blogged about capturing more natural things such as oak beam, well in this post I talk about a recent project where I have been photographing advanced technology such as silent gliss curtain track. Now I know that electric curtain tracks aren’t an obvious choice for photography but my aim was to select a piece of modern technology whose beauty had never been captured before.
Why did I choose electric curtain tracks as my photography subjects?
The reason I chose my electric curtain rail and rails specifically is because they are a piece of technology that not many people have come across so I thought they would make an excellent subject to photography extensively. My photographing the curtain rails along with my rather colorful curtains from creative angles, I was able to capture some unusual images. I’m not going to leave these images as they are though, this is somewhat of a creative photography study, I’m going to be using some filters and effects that I’ve been achieving great results from.
Now I must confess, there was a rather convenient element to this particular photo-shoot for me because I had only recently had electric curtains tracks installed. I don’t mind telling you that as a gadget, they have made an excellent addition to my home, they really have made waking up in the morning so much easier! Now I just set the timer on my electric curtains for say 7am and then they miraculously open at that time, that is if you remember to plug them in!
Now not everyone would understand the passion that I have for spending a wet Sunday afternoon taking photos of oak beams in a local ruin but I certainly can. You see my fascination with wood and started when I was very you, when I first saw the intricacies of the grains and the wonderful rich colours, I knew that wood was something that I wanted to photography.
Why are oak beams so fascinating?
You see, what I find visually appealing about woods like oak and cedar is that they are not man made. By their very nature they are unpredictably shaped and always different depending on the environment and sculpting that they have undergone. So imagine my delight when I cam across a ruin of an old building that had been built using oak beams. The building had been long abandoned and its oak beam supports had been left open to the elements, a perfect environment for any local photographer who is looking to get some interesting shots.
Its not just oak beams though, because this wonderfully rich wood in all of it’s forms actually makes great photography material, my next subject were the solid oak flooring that I found in the building.
Next it was on to the solid oak flooring
Well after finding the dilapidated building, imagine my further surprise and delight to find that there was still solid oak flooring in the building, still left mostly intact by the previous owners. Who ever had moved out of the place certainly couldn’t have cared much for what they were leaving behind because there was a lot of money left sitting there in the building.
So what I started doing was taking some great shots of the actual grains, the main difference between the oak beams and the oak flooring was how the wood had been cut. Each beam had been cut horizontally from the original tree whereas the floor boards had been fashioned vertically in order to get the flattest and largest possible cut of the hardwood. I’ll be uploading some of my photographs at a later date if you’re interested, so make sure that you check back here.