Follow Your Curiosity
(gentle music with prominent bassline)
Sometimes you find yourself in a courtyard, or a church, or a university, some interior space that just calls you. You're on the street but somehow you're drawn into the interior, so what's there? How do you make an interesting photograph for yourself? I love the color of this place, which drew me in. I'm getting a hit from here and a hit from here, which means some instinct is saying to me, "Joel, pay attention to this." When I look over here, I see quite an odd and possibly interesting subject. There are stacks of chairs. They must have had a concert or a graduation here. These stacks of modern chairs leaning against an old door invite me to go in close to take a look at them. I have no idea if there's a photograph or not, but some impulse says go there, so I'm going there. So look in here, come with me. (shutter clicks) This is a beautiful space. This long hallway, and up on top, just under the arch, there are lots of shields from the past. I...
have no idea what they're about, but those shields and these chairs, these stacks of chairs, they're like some kind of fantasy robot from some sci-fi movie, something about the organization of the chairs, the stacking, and the formal doorway that's being closed and these objects up above, make it interesting to me. And there's even a great ending. At the end of the row there's a statue, a beautiful female statue, it may be an angel. And the statue is doing something like this. So there's a little detail at the end of all these chairs and there's modern chairs laid out over there. So this is a picture about chairs. Chairs has become the subject out of nothing, only because I had an impulse to come in here. I'm making this, I make this interesting by saying yes to it. Yes these chairs are interesting enough to spend a few minutes trying to build a photograph. (shutter clicks) (shutter clicks) (shutter clicks) (shutter clicks) That's interesting, but come over here, because I caught sight of something else. Here we are in a beautifully decorated interior, painted ceilings, a beautiful marble doorway, but in this old 18th century or 17th century building, is a modern elevator and a little vestibule lit by fluorescent light. And somehow to see that against all of this makes for a kind of counterpoint, an interesting counterpoint. It says something about time and history. So I'm gonna make a photograph here because I think it's, the color is really interesting to me. That particular yellow with fluorescent light is gonna have it's own color space in it. It's just my curiosity calling me to come in and have a look interiors are very interesting things to deal with. Maybe there's an interesting photograph here, I don't know. (shutter clicks)