Thursday, July 06, 2006
"Wading" by Wes Aldridge
So, don't be fooled by the pretty picture... today still sucked weather-wise. I was on my way back to the hotel after shooting an assignment about 45 miles from Corpus Christi. The drive was long and dull and I was pretty exhausted from shooting inside an iron-working factory. Suddenly the black sky split open and sunlight showered down.
At this point, I was desperate to shoot something that looked nice, anything, I would have settled for anything.
I caught the glimpse of a steeple rising over some trees and slammed on my brakes and darted off the main highway. I couldn't believe my eyes... I saw this beautifully restored German church founded around 1908 named Old St. Anthony Catholic Church. I came to a rolling stop and and leaped from the car snapping frames furiously. I must have shot 20 different angles on this church in about three minutes. But the last frame I shot is the one I like the most. I got down on the dirty parking lot and balanced my elbows on the edge of a mud puddle to get this reflection. Yeah, it looks like the church is sitting on the edge of a pond or something, but oh no, that is a standing puddle on top of Texas asphalt. I got the shot and then the sky ate the sun once again. I guess I got lucky for a few minutes today.
"Alien" by Wes Aldridge
The rain fell like a sonuvabitch today. It was yet another gross day for exterior photography, and folk that just wanted to stay dry in general. Enough of that, you get the picture.
I did get to shoot at an aquarium, though. I love doing this. You can really create artistic and photojournalistic pictures in these beautiful places. And if you could have watched me walk through the place, it was pretty funny. I would become mesmerized by beautiful tarpon and angel fish and stand in awe side-by-side with groups of young children. I find these places incredible, just like a child does.
Anyway, this is kind of an abstract shot of some jellyfish floating about in a tank. I stayed and stared at these forever, it seemed. Its as if they were a fluid part of the water. Beautiful and very mysterious.