Today’s theme for photography 101 is mystery.
“Today, share an image that creates a sense of mystery. A lone mitten on the sidewalk. A trail leading off into the distance. Your dog’s deep brown eyes. Intrigue us with uncertainty. Tip: To stretch yourself, manipulate the light available to you to create a particular effect — use it to cast shadows and highlights to create a moody image. Work with natural light, or find an artificial light source …”
Who is the old man sitting on the bench? What was he doing there? How long was he sitting there? Does he sit there often? I can only answer one of those questions. He was drinking a cup of takeout coffee.
I snapped this photo on Tuesday. It was a beautiful day, so I decided to go on a mini-hike up to the former site of Fort Dorchester on Mount Grenville. At the top of the “mountain”, there is a wooden platform. I had been standing on that platform behind this mystery man snapping photos, shooting video, and just hanging out for about five to ten minutes. In all that time, I don’t think he realized I was there. In fact, he was so still and quiet I wasn’t sure that he was alive. I was working up the nerve to go check when he lifted his coffee cup to his mouth. Phew!
I love how the sunlight frames the bench. It works nicely to highlight the mystery.