Digital is too perfect.
This idea has been rattling around in my head for awhile. It was born out my attachment to my aerial work from commercial airplanes. Photographing through dirty windows, imperfect weather, curved and scratched glass. Grit, challenges, constraints, all uncontrollable and I liked it.
My idea was to setup a few Manfrotto arms that would then hold different elements in front of the lens. Clean glass, dirty glass, colored glass, fractured elements, mirrors — etc.
With a couple of friends we climbed up a near by construction project.
This was shot with warped mirrored like surfaces. I think actual mirrors will would provide more desired results. This idea, still very much a work in progress was abandoned for the evening, lessons learned, and we moved on to making a different photograph.
Once this structural beam went up, my immediate reaction was to use it as a framing device ala Julius Shulman's photograph of Richard Neutra's Singleton House. Using a longer lens, I would have loved to pull the city closer to the beam and compress the overall image. If I wasn't standing on the very edge of a mezzanine level I would have done just that.
A few weeks later, I was photographing a project in Long Island. Taking some time to try this idea again, this time using ND filters. And so, the process continues. I don't know where this will lead but I'm happy to continue exploring.