PhotographerAlex James
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryEl Dorado Hills, United States
Photo Date11/16
Entry Description

I’m amazed by the simplest of things - often, those overlooked things. Seeking shapes, their arrangements and stand-out features, infinite opportunities will pop up in my frame. Here the harsh steel structure is tamed when examined closely. The triangular shapes form in multiple directions almost chaotically, but come together in perfect harmony as they find their places, side by side, creating an appealing order. The shutter stays open for 50 seconds to smooth out the sky and deliver an uncompromising background that serves only to enhance the lines of the bridge. I’m drawn to the contrasting rounded shape of the lamp. It stands alone. But it shines brightly - literally and figuratively. It will not be ignored.

About Photographer

Everyday things, are my favorite things. As a photographer, I'm challenged by the limitless choices for subjects to capture through my lens. Ranging from everything wondrous the world can offer, to the subtle and often ignored, the inspiration comes from all directions. For example, beauty can be found in the obvious, like silky waterfalls, dramatic sunsets or beautiful beaches. Personally, I often revel in the common, perhaps even forgettable things - a rusty bolt, an old door and its glorious peeling paint, a shriveled Autumn leaf, intoxicating lines, shapes or textures found in alleyway shadows or the delicate petal of a flower. There’s beauty in just about anything, if you’re looking for it. Serendipitous photographs can also make me smile! While I have a great respect for preparation, I’m quite fond of the fortuitous images I capture - it pays to be in the right place at the right time. In many instances, these images will remain in my archives of unprocessed images undiscovered, until much time has passed. When they finally do come to my attention, I treasure them, and consider them to be just as valuable as any other work I have done. Unleashing the hidden beauty or especially intriguing shapes found in the ordinary is a passion. My heart beats faster when I find a hidden gem or an unusual scene off the beaten path. I'm compelled to capture these moments in time - these delicacies of light - and feed them to the world! My goal is to inspire people in the same way. To get folks to "see" through a different pair of eyes, and to realize that by “focusing with purpose”, interesting things can be found anywhere at any time. The world isn't limited to exotic themes and fancy subject matter … it’s filled with extraordinary everyday things … my favorite things.