Like the hook of a good melody, I've had this image by Thomas E. Gardiner lodged in my brain for about a week now.
I love everything about this photo: the strange vantage point looking slightly down its nose, the delicate composition of separate elements scattered deliberately through the photo, everything relating together yet shyly keeping to itself. I love the many layers from foreground to the horizon, the mix of natural and human landscape, and the fact that the shot seems to encapsulate an entire town in one image. And that plain red truck in the corner which anchors the whole damn thing is simply perfect.
Out shooting lately, this photograph has been my guide. I know it's futile to copy what's been done. But sometimes it's helpful to hold an image in the back of one's head as a sort of mental angel lighting the path.
Keep on truckin', Mr. Gardiner. Keep on truckin'...