Last month, I wrote about the Philadelphia Grid Project and posted a bunch of the photos that I had taken. Well, February’s Grid was a different area of the city. It included the neighborhoods of Frankford, Wissinoming, Bridesburg, and a small portion of Juniata: all located in northeast Philadelphia. The monthly grids are fairly large in this project so it’s difficult to get the same photograph as anyone else in the group. In fact, the grids are so large that it’s really difficult to even see the whole area. I’ve found myself already wanting to go back and explore many places that I didn’t get to see that month.
We had a meeting last night to review photos from January. It’s interesting to hear the different views and interpretations of the other photographers in the group. Everyone seems to have their own interpretation of what the photo represents, which is really great. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a group critique of sorts. It really helped me think outside of the box and look at my work and the work of others from a different perspective. In fact, it was pointed out to me last night how a group of my images were three dimensional and others were one dimensional; I never really thought about that. It’s made me realize that my photography has made a composition transition over the years. In the distant past, I only chose to shoot from odd and bizarre angles…which isn’t necessary a bad thing. I still do that sometimes, but now it depends on the subject that I’m shooting; I’m more particular. But now I almost seem to prefer shooting parallel to my subject most of the time. It’s almost as though I’ve grown to be mathematical about it. Why? I don’t really know. What I do know is that angle makes all the difference in the world; we need to find the perfect angle to make any subject look its best (amongst other things). Whether it be a photo of a person, plant, building, etc. You need to be the angler of the angle and just fish that big boy of a photo right into your camera knowing that you got the best possible catch that you could.
Anyway, here are some of the images from the February Grid.