Robert over at Thoughts of a Father has just launched Project Show Me - a very cool new photo project (his very first one too, so come show him some love and play along)..
For day 1, we are to show you our mailboxes. This one was a bit of a challenge for me, since I live in an urban hi-rise with an incredibly ugly bank of mailboxes (why couldn't he have started with tomorrow's challenge - kitchens - I renovated two years ago and LOVE my kitchen). Not to mention, for some reason my city doesn't have mail delivery. All city residents are given, free of charge, a post office box. All "regular" mail, and a fair amount of junk mail, gets delivered to the PO Box. The only things that arrive in the mailbox in our building are municipal tax/water bills, gas bills (no idea why, they just do), free local newspapers (weeklies, chock full of ads and local political rhetoric), and flyers. That's about it..
The only things the building mailbox has going for it photographically are a) the fact that it is right here and not several blocks away (a definite consideration on a day when my schedule is already jam-packed as it is) and b) it is slightly (very, very slightly) less hideously ugly than the post office boxes, which are just locked little doors..
Never one to shirk at a challenge I took my trusty camera downstairs and hoped for the best. Somehow I had to find a way to make this wall of metal look photogenic, and to do so without revealing my or anyone else's personal information. Easier said than done..
Luck was on my side though, and there was in fact a local paper sticking out of the box, which gave me something to shoot other than nameplates and locks. I went for the black and white conversion.
to hide the overwhelming ugliness because what could be more fitting for a shot of a newspaper than black and white. (Oh, and mine is the mailbox on the bottom with its nameplate carefully hidden from view, not the one showing the grayed out name of a long-since moved away neighbor.)
And now, without.
more drivel further ado, I give you...