Strange. For 26 years, we lived in a very nice home near the coast. And while I loved the house and neighborhood, I rarely, if ever, felt the urge to grab my camera and photograph our home, yard or close-in environs.
Not true here in Escondido. Almost every day, some detail of the house, yard or neighborhood catches my eye. Most days, I don’t feel the need to go farther than a hundred feet from our door for inspiration.
Which is great, because, for too many years, I didn’t even think about pulling out a camera until I was at least 25 miles from home. (I think it’s some kind of unwritten rule or, worse, debilitating syndrome) Truth be told, often it wasn’t until I was on vacation that the beloved camera was officially hauled out and dusted off.
I think there are two change agents at play. One, clearly, is this wonderful old house and neighborhood. The other is the advent of iPhones (at least, in my life). The phone I’ve got with me 24/7 is a pretty damn good camera, too. So I suspect I’m closer to being part of a trend than I’d like to admit.
These shots were taken with my iPhone. It’s become my de facto “walk-around” camera. My Nikon lives in my studio (or on my tripod at tradeshow photo shoots), but my iPhone lives in my pocket. I freely admit that, while from time to time I’ll run home for my “real” camera, those instances are becoming fewer and farther between. That’s okay by me.
This last shot is the farthest afield..three whole blocks from our door (albeit two of them are up a pretty steep hill!). It’s a flowering pear on a long street lined with beautiful trees that turn the neighborhood even more lovely in the spring.
All images were shot with an iPhone 4s, using the native “Camera” app. Very minimal editing (mostly sizing and cropping) was accomplished in Photoshop CS6.
p.s. If this post is strewn with typos and grammatical/structural awkwardnesses, mea culpa…Jonna is away teaching! The problems are all mine. s