Neighborhood Reflections

Here are some photos from August, 2020. My husband and I were on an early-morning walk in Jenkintown, PA, maybe two miles from home. I took these photos in the shopping area around York Road and West Avenue.

I love photographing reflections. There is something about the idea of layered realities I like, plus…I just think the images are beautiful.

7 thoughts on “Neighborhood Reflections

  1. margarethallfineart

    Thanks for this interesting post. I am fascinated by reflections too. I tried to paint one this summer for a Window challenge and it was very difficult to get the unfocused, layered effect to look convincing.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I did a sketch of reflections in a window, I think I have it scheduled to be posted in the future. Anyway, I ended up sort of flattening out the picture – just that the various elements of reflected life and what was actually inside the window were laid out like a collage, kind of. It was interesting but did not look reflective. Still, I enjoyed it. I’ll keep on taking this kind of photo, I find them infinitely fascinating.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I love taking this kind of photo for the reasons you mention – the layers of reality superimposed over each other, so that what is “real” and what is an image transported into the picture via reflection, and how they mix – it’s endlessly interesting to seek them out and then to try to photograph them. You don’t always know what you are going to get. Those “ghosts” you mention arise!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I learned about doing this kind of photo from when I belonged to the camera club maybe 15+ years ago, but I didn’t do much with it until recently when I started doing more walks in built up areas (not many store windows out on the trails, are there?). It’s really fun to spot what looks like a good image and then see what you end up with, they are mysterious and full of depth, I think.

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