Different gear can help you see things in a different way. I have photowalked this neighborhood at least a half-dozen times,and walked down this block, and never thought to photograph this particular spot until I did so with a 645 Medium Format camera (the Fujifilm GA645zi) and black and white film.
It’s all about the gear. Vision is nothing!
Well, no, but gear can alter your vision.It did for me here.
Anyway, Titan seems to be a pretty cool local business — one of those companies you have no idea exists unless you need its services or go walking around in the odd neighborhoods where they reside. It was founded in 1973 by a man named Carlos Escobar, a 2-time Purple Heart recipient. There’s a cool photo of him on their about section back in the day, and now in his 70s, Carlos is still part of the company. Pretty cool. They manufacture and repair hoistway and elevator equipment. Also pretty cool.
I’ve just used the word “cool” three times in short order but — although I actually have no direct experience with the company — I just get a very good vibe from their website.
Finally, trying a new idea, here is a Google Street View look at the location to give you an idea of what I saw before I took the picture. Perhaps it gives you a bit of insight into the creative porcess to see an entire street in context and compare it to the end result of the photograph.
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“If you are what you should be you will set the whole world on fire.”