The Fence Line

Since shooting the Featured Image on Nov. 11, 2020, I have edited and cropped numerous times, trying to get the right look. Nothing suits me, and I cannot explain reasons for finally publishing other than perhaps good example of failed attempts.

I had hoped the decaying fence, set against shrubs and trees, would produce feeling of being back in another era. Eh, no. The woman’s presence is happenstance, and her contribution to the composition is timeless only because of context: SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2)/COVID-19 had pretty much everyone wearing masks—nuttily even outdoors. But not this lady, whose uncovered face prevents the moment from being dated.

This one, like so many others recently, comes from Leica Q2.  Vitals, aperture manually set: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/500 sec, 28mm; 10:12 a.m. PST. The fence line looks toward’s The Point, where I photographed STAR days before she disappeared from her home. The kitten was profiled in my “Cats of University Heights” series on April 16, 2018.