Photography is one of those occupations we all have contemplated pursuing as an art form at one time or another – whether as a hobby or as a profession. Its a bit like singing. Down deep, there’s a musician in all of us. With photography, you see something that evokes an emotion or a feeling, and you want to capture and preserve it. If you’re like me, you point your iPhone at it, click it, and all it ever does is take up space on your computer’s hard drive. A few photos may make it on to Facebook or Twitter, but not usually the ones taken because of some artistic notion.
So I felt a bit of a thrill when Steven Churchill and Lisa Smith, producers of the Art of Photography show purchased the house across the street from us. Its a photography contest and show of international repute so, carrying the music analogy a little further, it felt a little like a musical celebrity moved in. Fittingly, the home is one of the most artistic in the neighborhood – a mid-century modern adobe (Weir Bros) with a 240 degree stadium view of the ocean, downtown skyline, Coronado Bridge, Islands, and Mexico.
While they were visiting at our house enjoying some of my family’s finest summer BBQ, and I was showing off this blog to Steven, he reciprocated by showing me a personal photographic series he was putting together in his off time from the photography show (a full time job). The series involve’s night time urban people scenes and captures the feeling of an aspect of downtowns that many of us find as interesting as the architecture. Accordingly, I asked if I could share it here and he graciously agreed. Click here for all the photos.