On May 1st 2020, COVID restrictions were eased from 06:00 – 09:00 for folks to saunter about the outdoors. As daylight breaks, so do early morning hues beckon my camera toward a "Ghost Bicycle" –a sombre commemoration to a local murdered for his bike.
With each early dawn, so colours express subtle nuances –as if the 'ghost' in bicycle taunts me with her mesmeric yarns; implausible and haunting perhaps, but these mood swings offer great photogenic opportunities!
I've noticed with each year passing the Ghost Bicycle is adorned with flowers. I'm yet to glimpse who places this commemorative gesture –this too a mysterious enigma?
I have strollers appearing in the background, a car darts into my frame, then a 'cool' skateboarder rolls on by –I catch a commuter heading for the 06:45 outbound train; sunrises, sunsets day after day...
Crucified to the pole, her pale skeletal frame victim to coastal damp –rust 'n decay now grim evidence that Mr McPherson's memorial is slowly and sadly wasting away...
Ken – The Artist in Colour.
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The fact that the bicycle remains bolted in one place seriously restricts camera vantage points; I also realised that subject content/composition was more to do with what to 'eliminate' than what to include in each shot! I know I needed to single out the bicycle in such a way as to portray it as a 'lonesome tombstone' in the middle of a non-existent graveyard –then, shooting during magic-light-hours helped set the mood...
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Ken Gerhardt has been a Contributor since 25th November 2015.