This week's photography class assignment was to take photos of a subject that I generally do not photograph. Most of my photos seem to be from nature- plants, the sky, ocean/water, animals, and rarely do I take pictures of people. That's mainly because I feel like I'm invading their privacy. I also overlook photographing architectural structures, or sculptures, even though I often see their beauty.
Today, I went on on outing to the Sam Maloof Museum and gardens, here in my own community. He was a well-known master wood worker who created exquisite pieces of furniture. I was free to photograph anything outside, but indoors photos were not permitted.
I took many shots of the home that he hand built, but could not help it -nature objects still managed to get into the picture! It was an overcast day, with occasional brilliant bursts of sunlight. The rain started when I was doing the museum tour and no longer had my camera with me. I noticed how different things looked when wet.
I like how it appears like the cloud is casting light upon the building and that's exactly what caught my attention to this scene.
I later learned that I was on the property of a private residence- the home where Sam Maloof's widow now lives. The sign "Private residence" was written on the other side of this gate. I hope she didn't mind too much...
This gateway led to the original homestead of the Maloof's.
This was another entrance to the private home. How beautiful the woodworking.
I really enjoyed this day, and may go back in a month or so, when even more trees will be in bloom. I also want to capture more detailed pictures of the buildings and their masterful craftsmanship.
This assignment was not difficult, even though my main study was different for me. I still managed to capture a lot of nature, and several pieces of sculpture that I did not share here. I had fun!