Waiting Bench

I don’t often photograph architectural subjects – buildings, bridges, piers, etc – preferring the natural landscape to the human landscape.  Periodically, however, something catches my eye and piques my interest.  The drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas passes through Death Valley Junction, CA.  The most significant building in this small town is the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel – a building that seems somewhat out of place and even more so when you read the fascinating story on their website (amargosa-opera-house.com).  The repeating forms of the pillars along a corridor of hotel rooms caught my eye initially causing me to turn back to explore further.  As I photographed and isolated specific architectural elements, I honed in on the incongruities in this image – the cracked and peeling paint, the curve of the arch, the complementary curves in the shadows of the arch and bench, the shadow framing of the bench, the lit edge and shadow across the window, and the leaning of the bench itself. I wondered who might live behind the curtain and use that bench – perhaps to enjoy the first light of each morning or last light of each day.

Waiting Bench. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikon 70-200 mm f2.8. Handheld. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2016.

Waiting Bench. Nikon D810 DSLR. Nikon 70-200 mm f2.8. Handheld. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2016.

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