This week’s theme:
OUT OF FOCUS
Last weekend, my daughter and I were in downtown Denver for a volleyball tournament. I had forgotten what it is like to sleep in a city with various sirens going off randomly and somewhat constantly all night long. Each night I tried a different sleep aid and each night I topped out on 4 hours of sleep. I was ready to call the police and tell them to put their sirens on mute or this mamma was going need some of their help. As I stumbled through the city streets groggily trying to find the convention center, I was somewhat surprised at how forthright the homeless were begging for “cash for hash.” Yes, they didn’t want my food or money for Starbucks or even alcohol. Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado they were very honest and persistent about what they wanted. And also quite insistent that I not take their pictures…to the point of hand slapping the would-be photographer.
As I watched volleyball in a room with 100′s of volleyball teams, whistles blowing, crowds clapping and cheering, and balls dive bombing my head I couldn’t help but think that this week’s theme is in the bag…so to speak. Since I couldn’t think clearly, not focusing was perfect for me. However, apparently, out of focus pictures do require some thought and skill. And it just wasn’t happening in that gym. So on one of our breaks I wandered the city taking pictures of shapes and movement. My second hand slap of the day came when I was asked by a security guard not to take pictures of this building he was guarding. He couldn’t tell me why, he only knew that I needed to stop. Hmm…something fishy going on. All in all, I do really like the photos I am showing here. The first two photos are my family’s favorites. I tried a something different when processing these and I have to say I really love it. The left photo is of 16th street which is one of the busiest streets in Denver and it’s simply beautiful with the bare trees lining the street dotted with shadows of the homeless vets that scattered along the benches. My favorite part of the bottom image are the bike wheels. They were really not that big in real life and not quite sure why they are here but I must be really good at not focusing because I made those wheels look super powerful :).
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