Photography as Abstract – When Adobe Goes Bad
Today I’m showing another of my abstract photos. If you want to see the other images/posts in the series, please click here.
This one isn’t a moving image; it’s more in the way of shapes and lines and textures, which I love in photography.
Here in Santa Fe, many of the old buildings and walls (and the pricier newer ones) are made of adobe (mud bricks). Adobe has to be covered with something like stucco or plaster to protect it from water damage. This protection has to be reapplied at certain intervals, or else water will get in and damage the adobe bricks, and they will begin to fall apart. Untimely without repair, the wall or building will come down as the adobe bricks disintegrate.
I see that a good bit in the places I like to frequent here in Santa Fe — the older parts, the back alleys. It’s really sad to see the adobe falling down, but it can make for interesting photos.
This image is actually part of the wall that connects to the home where I live. The back wall runs down the alley behind my home and divides a parking area from the alley. In this section, the protection for the adobe has begun to fall off, which reveals what’s beneath it.
I wanted to see if I could take an interesting image, and found this area which had the adobe, the wire to hold the protective coating, and a couple of pieces of protective coating still hanging on. I just thought it made for a compelling image with the late afternoon sun providing some shadow and pretty light.
Shot with my 105mm macro lens at f/11.
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