SPRING ON THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE
The title of my collection, The Hidden World of the Nearby, came from my experience of finding nearly all my images in nearby and unexpected places, usually by ordinary roadsides. By the time I took the first photo below, I had been shooting with my 4"x 5" camera for seven years, but although there were some good photographs nothing really clicked until I saw that image. It was a magnificent view of a maple swamp with and the silver threes had this beautiful orange glow. Although the view was from the guard rail (about 8 feet from high speed traffic I knew I had to take the picture. I ended up shooting on the Turnpike for eleven years.This was an extremely unusual situation and the red and orange buds against the silver gray branches was a pointillist masterpiece. It took hold of me and I had to photograph it, Interstate highway or not. To add a little background, early in the morning was rush hour into Boston and the traffic made any sense of peacefully photographing nature impossible. I spent a Saturday afternoon driving around to see if there was any other vantage point. Of course there wasn't. However, the view was not far from a rest area and I could get my car out of the breakdown lane and hike to whee the view was. You can see from the picture below that there was not much space to plant a camera (fortunately I had a tripod that allowed me to extend one leg far enough to level the camera).I got the picture I wanted and returned dozens of times, usually in the spring and in the early morning. The pointillist texture and colors of this image affected me greatly.
I scoured the Turnpike, but I ended up shooting from primarily two locations. The second at Exit 11 in Millbury I also show that location below. The slide show shows images from both locations.
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