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 …”

IMG_1633Who 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.


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