Man was built to walk and hunt. So, when I walk, I hunt -- for interesting photo subjects. I like to search out complicated light and shadow patterns, odd visual textures, and scenes with striking landscape moods. One area of interest is the way road stresses and natural elements challenge the man-made geometry and order of streets and sidewalks -- to note how the surfaces crack, erode, and are degraded by chaos. The scenes can appear as rich, ready-made abstract paintings, especially after the smart phone snaps are cropped and converted into black and white images. I find this little creative pastime adds to the relaxing benefits of my brisk exercise walks and makes them even more fun -- it's the Art Walkabout. Try it yourself some time and see.
|Don Mangus, Richmond Ave. Art Walkabout 1, i-Phone photo, 2014|