Like the shot I posted yesterday, this one is somewhat random. It is one of only a very few photos I was able to take as we passed briefly through the state of Mississippi on our way from Nashville to Memphis (neither my wife nor I had ever been to Mississippi or Alabama, so we took the long route in order to pass through both). On our way, we decided to make a stop in a small city called Corinth in northern Mississippi, best known for a Civil War battle in 1862 focused on an important rail junction nearby.
There's a surprisingly good museum (the Civil War Interpretive Center) run by the National Parks Service here. We arrived at the museum late on a Sunday, near closing; we also arrived just after a very large storm, and there was no one else there. So we left our little red rental car, enjoyed the museum, and I snapped this shot on the way back out; I liked the warm light on the wet pavement, and the bright red car all alone in the parking lot.
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williewhistler (14615) 2013-04-15 7:16
I must say that I enjoyed your informative note and I also like the way that you have portrayed the loneliness of the little red car stuck there all alone in the corner of the parking lot....
Sometimes less is more!
Have a good week,
tyro (20696) 2013-04-15 9:20
Another interesting note and I have learned something more about the United States too.
And isn't photography (or any art, for that matter) so wonderfully varied? Possibly because it doesn't just depend on a particular subject matter but rather also in the art itself. The subject matter in this shot could well be considered ordinary and mundane - a single red car sitting in a car park - but yet I find this a beautiful photograph. The light is simply amazing, the golden tones of reflected light from the wet pavements and tarmac, a rather eerie brightness in the sky and the silhouetted trees against it.
Very well seen and taken! Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
SNOOP_Chan (4201) 2013-04-15 9:30
Hello Andrew, the atmosphere in your image is a bit scary, like the world's ending..The red car is the main focus imo and the fact that there is nobody around adds to the mystery. Good take.
holmertz (41819) 2013-04-15 12:21
It sometimes happens that a photographer can make the utter boredom look strangely beautiful. I think you qualify into that league. Everything is just dull and almost grey, but then your little rental car adds a marvellous splash of red and the light shines beautifully om the wet pavament and street. Besides, your title seems to be a quite correct description of that place.
mcmtanyel (14137) 2013-04-15 20:01
Any photo that has a car as its subject is welcome in my photobook! As you pointed out, the red car amongst bleak colors is what gives this photo its beauty. It made me think, hmmm... You might want to look in the workshop to see my thought.
SnapRJW (31531) 2013-04-16 1:11
Hello Andrew - Your shot with its moody poignancy seems almost eerie after the tragic news that is coming out of Boston. There is a beautiful brooding silence here... a pregnant pause. Superb luminosity across the pavement. Creative and a well realised shot. You and your fellow-Bostonians are very much in my thoughts. Rosemary
jhm (140110) 2013-04-16 4:03
I find these picture a lot better than your second image.
Almost incredible one car on these big parking.
Excellent depth and perspective picture.
Colours and sharpness be pleasant.
Wonderful composition, lovely presentation, TFS.
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-04-16 4:14
again you´ve found really good title for your photo.
And regarding the scene-it has really unique mood.I think it´s beacause of this amazing,warm light and completely lack of people in the shot.Just your car and deserted surrounding.
And I agree with you about the pavement-the light on it looks fabulous.
Wish You all the best
marabu61 (8593) 2013-04-16 14:39
a lonely red car on a deserted car park under a brooding sky and a lawn that is in desperate need of some TLC, you conjourd the feeling of loneliness perfectly here.
Somehow the picture has a dated feeling to, as if it would have been taken sometimes in the 70ties, I don't know is it the light or the faded colors or the vignetting.
I just sought to suggest that this would have been a perfect subject for a color key picture when I saw that it was already done so in a workshop.
have a good evening
rogerl (1544) 2013-04-17 5:36
Andrew, nicely done. The slightly underexposed trees against the slightly overexposed sky gives a nice effect, along with the only real color provided by your car. Still, surprising that there was nobody else there.
annjackman (19937) 2013-05-31 0:24
I have just come across this one - I like it tremedously. It could be viewed as a somewhat 'ordinary' image but it has some lovely qualities. The empty space with just the single red car seems to make a statement and the wonderful light on the path leading in adds mood. Clever work.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7491)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 18-105 1:3.5-5.6 G ED VR
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Tennessee & Arkansas, February 2013
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-15 5:41