The world as I see it — by R C Norman


Shady Lady

Shady Lady

Old boat, chipped paint, barnacle encrusted underside. How can that be appealing? But it is….to me. When I paddled my kayak up for a closer look at the Shady Lady, my eye was drawn to her aft port side — telling me her story of age and neglect. I could have photographed her bow or pilot house or even her stern, which were not as revealing of her long days against sun, wind and salt water. But not this time. No. She deserved better. Her story was in her weathering. Her cracks and decay were a work of art. Her lines and shadows were pleasing in their simplicity. She was a grand old gal who was still hard at work earning an honest day’s pay. I snapped this shot, paid my respects, and paddled on. June 10, 2012.
Specs: Canon PowerShot, F/8, 1/400, ISO 80.

4 responses

  1. Thanks for the comment, ishooteditnblog! Appreciate it. Just visited your site and you have some great pics yourself. I especially like your tagline “every photo has a story to tell.” Couldn’t agree more. Look forward to seeing more from you. – Rob

    June 16, 2012 at 11:16 am

  2. claude

    I see the beauty and understand the story. If i lived near large water I would be adding pealed paint and barnacles to my rust list.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

    • Thanks for the comment, Claude. Indeed, beauty is everyone…we just have to look and see.

      June 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

  3. Fantastic shot ! Really amazing! =)

    June 16, 2012 at 2:28 am

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