On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions.
From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
Steve from Mendocino
During the early stages of my photo explorations I particularly enjoyed subject matter that was chaotic and broken down. Each picture provided a puzzle to solve in how to create order out of chaos, and the age of the objects gave a wonderful textural richness. The material works particularly well in black and white because there just isn’t that much color interest. That was fine with me. All I wanted was to play around with geometry in the frame.
At this point I’ve pretty much stopped taking pictures. I’ve said what I have to say about Mendocino, and I have an endless supply of these composition puzzles from the pictures that Janie sends me to edit. They are beautiful to begin with but mostly need some cropping to balance the elements – same as these junkyard exercises. Apropos, she and I have just launched her website, and it’s an opportunity for you to see her work in its full glory without the limited resolution and destruction of the Balloon Juice software. View it with a good monitor! https://www.janiemat.com/