For the Love of Monuments
I am a huge proponent of photographing the familiar – finding new ways to explore the routine. But sometimes you need the inspiration afforded by framing something new.
In 2012, I discovered “Wiki Loves Monuments” – a month-long international photo contest for monuments, organized by Wikimedia volunteers. In the US, qualifying photographic subjects are locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places – similar lists exist for other countries. During that September, over 350,000 images of historic buildings, monuments and cultural heritage sites in 35 countries were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
What I discovered is this: the National Register is a wonderful resource for identifying intriguing photographic opportunities. If you are interested in researching your own community, Wikipedia maintains lists by state and county.
I didn’t know the above building existed until I found it in the register – even though I grew up only a few miles from its location. I was able to further my “hometown tourist” goal while challenging myself with a unique architectural wonder. And then by uploading the image to Wikimedia, I assisted in the effort to document these historic places. All for the love of monuments.
Texture Tuesday Processing (Photoshop CC)
- Process the Pioneer Woman Photography Old West action
- Add the 99 Texture below the Old West group. Desaturate. Set blend mode = Luminosity
- Add the 3003 Texture, blend mode = Multiply
- Add a Levels adjustment to increase overall contrast, especially in the highlights
- Process the Pioneer Woman Photography Cooler action to balance the warm color cast
Below is the original image and the Photoshop layers palette:
Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen