I’m usually not perusing downtown Memphis in the early morning hours but, I had some time to kill ~9 months ago while I waited for my wife to finish the St. Jude half-marathon. While armed with my trusty Panasonic point-n-shoot camera and, an almost-dead battery on a very cold December morning no less, I was hunting around the downtown area for some great “cityscape” type of shots.
Since my battery was running on empty (the cold weather didn’t help either) I felt like I was back in the film days; I felt like I had to be very selective in the photographs I took. I had to be 100% sure that I wanted to use battery power in order to capture an image.
When I came upon the old Pat O’Briens, I was instantly drawn to not only the beautiful, early-morning Winter light, but also the simplicity of this composition. Right away I knew the tones and light would make for a strong black-and-white photography so I didn’t hesitate to fire up the camera and burn some of the precious battery power I had remaining.
I’m sure glad I had my camera with me that morning because during the same outing, although slightly earlier, I took a picture of a white picket fence in front of W.C. Handy’s old house. I’m not looking forward to the long, dark Fall nights but there’s something about Winter light that I can’t wait to capture again. Be sure to check me out on Facebook if you’d like to keep up with my photography there. You can also follow me on Twitter