The Blank Slate
I am not a very good judge of my own work so the reaction to this image surprised me. Even in the moment of its creation, as I framed the shot, I second-guessed myself: “Who will be interested in a photograph of a blank and rusty sign, hanging on the side of a decrepit garage?” But I took the shot anyway, not sure why, responding to something in the scene before me.
Then, I included it in a recent post exploring the use of signs as photographic elements. I hesitated about doing so – did it really fulfill the topic requirements? After all, it isn’t a sign anymore – all traces of its original message wiped clean by time and weather. Instead, there is only mystery and possibility and imagination in its blankness. An invitation to write your own story; an opportunity to start again. Unsure, I added it to the end, almost as an afterthought.
Well, apparently, quite a few of you were interested. Your comments were overwhelmingly positive – in fact, this image was the hands-down favorite of my signs set. You, too, saw something in this image; something that connected.
Even after 18 months of blogging, sharing my words and images with you, this connection between us still amazes me. I knew this image spoke to me in some hidden and secret way, in a way that defied explanation – but to know that it touched you as well – what a gift! Thank you for that – for taking this blank slate and writing upon it with me. What better image to illustrate this month’s Photo-Heart Connection, than this – a sign that is no longer a sign, waiting for whatever comes next.
Linking to The Photo-Heart Connection, hosted by Kat Eye Studio