Personal Images Nº1

I was recently given some reading material about emotionally expressive photography. The article got me to thinking about my own stuff and where I've put something of myself into the images. Something that was "...more personal pictures that reflect not just the outside world but also reflect the inner vision and state of mind of the photographer."

I came up with this image from a road trip in 2010. I wanted to take photos at a plane graveyard but couldn't get in when I saw this statue/structure sitting in the entrance. I pulled out the Holga and started shooting. Out of the corner of my eye I see an old guy staring at me from the inside of a big pickup truck.

He watched me as I shot this from different angels and reloaded the Holga. Finally, and this took longer than I expected considering his unblinking stare, he made his way over to me to find out what I was doing. I told him I wanted to get into the facility to photograph the planes but it wasn't open and so I was making due with photographing what I could. I guess that satisfied him because he wished me a good day and went on his way.

I look at this image and it conjures up images from my flying days and from my childhood when I would accompany Pop to the flight line while he was in the Air Force. It's an image that shows a bit of myself even though I didn't recognize it at the time.