I recently took a little mini photography excursion and did a shoot at St. Philip’s Plaza here in Tucson, Arizona. St. Philips is a small, upscale shopping center which is normally quite busy, but with the Covid-19 restrictions it’s now a ghost town, which meant I could actually find a parking space.
Like much of southern Arizona, you can see the Spanish influence in the architecture, and the spring flowers were in bloom. I also went in the late day so I could play with the lights and shadows. It was a fun afternoon, and the experience reminded me of the excursions I took for my college photography course.
Sometimes you get lucky. A bicyclist flew past me when I was ready to shoot, and I caught him at the right moment. He had just cleared all the interesting shadows on the ground, and he’s in the perfect position to lead the eye into the photo. Best of all, his back is to the camera, making him completely unrecognizable.
The rest of my series is a study of lights, shadows and depth. It was a fun afternoon, and a rare opportunity to photograph local architecture without a big crowd.