I was driving through downtown Minneapolis on one of the warmest March days on record, my Canon DSLR was riding shotgun and I was thinking about where I wanted to go shooting that day.
(I started a random photo project, you see, in an effort to learn how to use the damn thing. More on that soon.)
As I cruised down Hennepin Avenue that day, I saw a building I’d never noticed before. It has a radical mural on it that I really need to go back and take in, as I only saw it for a few seconds. As traffic flew by me in both directions, I slowed for a moment and snapped a photo as I drove by. I didn’t have time to adjust any settings, I just snapped and drove. Don’t tell the cops.
When I got home and reviewed the photos I had taken that day, I hated most of them. That happens, no big deal. I was anxious to see the Hennepin Avenue shot and was a little bummed (though, not surprised) that it was incredibly blurry and overexposed. But still, I liked the image. I threw it into my favorite photo editing program and started playing with it.
I exaggerated every aspect of the photo, giving it odd coloring and even more exposure. I’m not a trained designer, nor is this an amazing shot, but I kind of dig the result nonetheless…