Another day, another building mug. That’s two in two days. I did two in one afternoon last week. And I’ve got another to do in the next couple of days.
(Heavy sigh goes here)
We call them building mugs but the term also applies to any structure – bridge, billboard, road, etc. In which case, I guess, the photo should be called a bridge mug, billboard mug…you get the idea.
Taking a photo of a bridge is not exactly set-the-world-on-fire, Pulitizer Prize-winning photojournalism. Unless there’s a Pulitzer category for static, boring photos.
But they’re sometimes necessary. I get that. We’re doing a story about an upcoming bridge replacement project. So we really need a photo of that bridge to illustrate the story.
So I have to take a photo of a bridge. There’s two ways to approach the assignment. One way is to simply shoot a wide-angle which just shows the bridge.
Doing it this way takes just a couple of minutes, tops. Of course, the photo will look like I invested just a couple of minutes into the assignment.
The second way is to actually try and make something of that bridge mug. Make a photo which speaks to the story. In this case, the story says the bridge is old and decaying and in need of replacement. So, I can try and take a photo which demonstrates shows the age and decay.
It’s not like the bridge supports are visibly crumbling or there are holes in the decking. The problems are more subtle than that so I focused on the old metal work of the bridge hoping that would show the problems. I threw in a motion-blurred car for good effect.
Hardly a great photo but at least I tried. Sometimes I’m successful. Sometimes I’m not. Maybe next time there will more to work with on the next building mug. But the assignment still bites.