the winter blues
Last night after shooting a high school basketball game, I was sent out to freshen up our snow photo gallery.
Being a cold, blizzardy night, I figured that there wouldn’t be many people out so I decided to check out some car dealerships along Ogden Avenue in Naperville.
My theory was there might be some fun shots to be made of rows of snow-covered cars.
I first stopped at a Ford dealer and made some images just like I had imagined. They were mildly interesting.
I transmitted the pictures and got back on the road.
I then spotted a Subaru dealer that had red and blue balloons attached to barriers surrounding their lot.
Here was a photo that I hadn’t imagined.
The balloons in stark contrast to the snow and darkness were blowing in the wind.
In the past, I would have passed this scene because there was no human element to incorporate.
For most of my career, I have made photos that have fit nicely inside what I thought newspaper photography was supposed to be.
Creative but not too artsy.
Recently, with the encouragement of my Chicago Tribune photo bosses, I have started to venture outside the newspaper box that I have safely resided inside most of my career.
©2010 Scott Strazzante/ Chicago Tribune