As a new resident of Tucson, I've tried to make an effort to visit a museum or art event each week. Today it was the Univ. of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography. I've been there several times over the years and am always awed by the experience. Today was no different as I viewed their new exhibit: "Longer Ways to Go - Photographs of The American Road." Up through November 24, it's a multi-faceted exhibit of photographs that inspire me to, once again, hit the road (most friends will tell you that just about anything will inspire me to get on the road and explore!). Photographers included in the exhibit include Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Kozo Miyoshi, Richard Misrach, and Garry Winogrand. If you are in or will be visited Tucson this summer or fall, it's well worth the stop.
My creative muse was on my shoulder today as I took in the exhibit. And inspired me to creative several images within and near the Center on the U of A campus. The first was within the Center itself. As I've written before, taking photos of other artwork is not worth much - but showing works within the larger context of their setting in a very precise may (parallel lines on the walls, for instance) can make for positive documentation and an interesting image in and of itself. The photos within the frame, while certainly not incidental, are nonetheless secondary to the overall graphic image.
Near the entrance to the center is an interesting sculptural piece that forms a covering over a small seating area outside of the School of Architecture building. Using it to frame the School of Music across the way, the geometry - curved and star-like - provides an interesting contrast to the more typical university building in the background.
The roof of the structure has both strong longitudinal and latitudinal lines and star-like bursts which I will likely come back to in future forays onto campus.
As I slowly made my way to the car, I noticed a single bicycle in a long row of bicycle racks. With the U not in session for another week (and being a Saturday as well), it wasn't too surprising to see few bikes. But image-wise, it created a wonderful opportunity to show both repetition and a break in the repetition, adding a layer of tension by asking a question: "Why is this one bike here on a Saturday afternoon during school break?"
Finally, I came across the back of another campus structure (the Richard Harvill Building). So often we view buildings and their beauty (or lack thereof) from their front. But other facades can be of interest as well, if viewed for their geometry for instance. Using the bike rack as the entree to the building and the otherwise bare foreground can create more of an interest in the background structure. As with sunsets, look the other way at buildings and see what inspires you.