This is the first Lost Shoe I´ve posted for a while – but that doesn´t mean I´ve stopped photographing them though, because I haven´t. I found this fine example in Landshut this morning.
I´d just got my D800 back from the cleaners and what did I stumble across in the old town? Yes, a lost shoe! The first one for a while and therefore, even more welcome!
The Kultfabrik revealed two fine specimens of the family, “Lost Shoe”. This time I´m also including an in situ shot to give you an idea as to how this shoe was laying and what also surrounded it.
I think the effect is one of a random still life, or maybe random still decay.
The Kultfabrik is an “Edgeland” at the centre of Munich, parts of it seem to be decaying back into a feral state, right there amongst the night life and the infrastructure that services it.
A fascinating and stimulating place
Chatham on Cape Cod is a very pleasant place to visit, it has an historical lighthouse, a small but busy fishing harbour and a well tended beach. After a stroll along the beach I came across this depot for lost shoes (and a towel). I know this picture is slightly unusual for me in that I have photographed pairs of shoes, normally it´s the poor lost shoe that gets my attention and sympathy. But I like this scene because of two reasons:
1. This small jumble of colours on the sand. I´ve selectively increased the colour saturation of each shoe to make the scene “pop” a bit more and give it a slight colour film feel. By the way, I´m using Capture One version 7 to process my RAW data, which I can recommend whole heartedly.
2. And the question each pair of shoes throws up. What was the sex of the wearers? I´ve come up with my own theory and it´s this: The single flip flop top left was worn by a male, the two just below it by a woman, the trainers by a man and the other pair next to them by a woman. The towel is gender neutral. Does that match your opinions?
It had to happen sometime! We´ve been following each others blogs for a while now, and because 100canciones also lives in Landshut, we eventually had to meet. While he also is a musician – and a street musician, that made it even more inevitable. Last Saturday morning, after shooting my latest lost shoe, I saw him playing in the centre of town.
So these shots are for you 100canciones!
The River Isar has now dropped to normal levels and the river side paths are now clear again. On one of my runs I run along a side arm of the Isar called Klein Isar (because it´s smaller) which also goes through the town. This too is now clear but there is still an amount of flotsam lying around. And as I ran there yesterday – yes, a lost shoe had been left high and dry by the receding flood waters! So I quickly came back with a camera to capture it!
This lost shoe was found down on river bank near Highway 2. It was a dull early autumn Sunday afternoon, and we were driving towards Concord, the New Hampshire State Capitol. We stopped off for a break and I went on one of my roots through the undergrowth to see what would turn up. I was in luck because I found this splendid specimen.
I´m now selecting and working on my lost shoe series, the aim being to produce a book, both paper and electronic. One exciting thing about e-books is the possibility to include sound and video. Hopefully I´ll be publishing both the books and the relevant videos soon!
By the way, I think that one would call this style of shoe a Mule. Why? I´ve no idea, I´ll have to look that one up!
This is an historically important shoe – because it was the first. Taken on the 16th March 2003 at 5pm. I have to admit, it´s not much of a wow, a sort of sawn off rubber boot, but it struck a cord with me. After that it´s just shoes, shoes, shoes all the way.