November 12, 2003


I've been taking pictures, hoping to get a fair number in before winter arrives. Taking pictures of houses is very strange, though, for a number of reasons. These are places where people - my neighbors - live. Taking pictures from the road doesn't require any releases, but I'd really prefer not to aggravate people while documenting the buildings that are here.

The photos are pretty much straight shots from the road. If the house is invisible from directly across the road, I'll walk up and down the road looking for an angle, but I'm not going up anyone's driveway or looking for tight telephoto shots. The pictures are hardly artistic impressions because of this, but it seems like the right balance. I'd like people to see what they're driving by, but I don't want to get any closer in than they could from the road.

If you live in one of these houses and don't like the picture, let me know. I'll be happy to take a different picture or, if you feel your privacy has been invaded, take it down. If you have questions, please contact me.

I hope people find this interesting, and I'm hoping to carry on with it for a while. Historical societies and similar groups spend a lot of time trying to find pictures of buildings, especially labeled pictures of buildings. Maybe this will someday make their lives easier, at least for around here.

Posted by simonstl at November 12, 2003 07:12 PM
Note on photos