Recently I’ve been looking at the local landscape a little differently… looking for a new project or focus to spark some new energy and creativity. It’s so easy for me to find macro images, very intimate landscapes, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. But it’s harder to find something different: different than a broad garden shot describing the planting scheme or layout of the land, different than a plant combination emphasizing texture or color contrasts, different than the soft play of light I so easily seem to find. Today I found very harsh light and remembered the possibilities of using harsh light in the stark landscapes of Death Valley. I was fortunate to have learned some of these ways of seeing from some of the best black and white photographers of the west last fall. And today those teachings came back to me as I was looking at this tree against the strong architecture of a campus building. Maybe not a project, but definitely a lesson worth remembering and practicing for future possibilities.