I’m sorry to see October go. It’s one of my favorite months here in the south. The sky is bluer, fall colors are peaking, and the light is incredible. With all that in mind, I made a date to go shoot at a local park during what photographers call the golden hour. The end of October is bittersweet.
Up until a couple of years ago, the land operated as a prominent horse breeding farm. When the owners decided to sell, they approached the city about making 200 acres public, in the form of a passive park and historical site. It is in a perfect state of disrepair right now, so it is one of the hottest places for engagement, wedding and portrait photography, video shoots, and shutter bugs like me.
I positioned myself to shoot the light passing through and reflecting off the broken glass of the huge windows in one of the farm buildings. I love the how the sun hit a tiny corner of one of the shattered panes–sun flare magic!–altered the appearance of years of dirt and grime, and reflected the electrical wires in the lower right quadrant.
Architects and designers are trained to look at what’s beyond. At first glance in this photo, I see the sun reflecting off the glass in a rusty metal window, but beyond that I see an empty space, and beyond that I see another window with broken glass, and beyond that I see a massive magnolia and beyond that I see blue sky.
When assessing a plan for interior design, think about what’s beyond the room in question. If you paint a room yellow, how does it effect the appearance of the space beyond it? If you open up a wall, how does it change the function of the room beyond it? If you use period pieces in the dining room, how will it relate to the modern kitchen you want to add beyond it?
You get my drift.
If you are always looking and planning ahead, I guarantee you will save time, money and frustration. Better still, hire a designer to help you work out a plan for future updates. I like to think in increments of five and ten years, in order to keep harmony between the spaces as a project moves along, because refreshing one room often makes the next one look dated or dingy. You can avoid that if you’re always thinking beyond.
Update: I am beyond happy with the Instagram version. In fact, I think I like it more!
As the month winds to a close, I’m allowing myself to mourn the passing of another year’s long sunny days. It’s time to look beyond the end of October, towards something equally beautiful in it’s own way. Winter may not be my favorite season, but if I could catch a sun flare on a snowflake it might move up the list!