Mile’s House

A few months ago my son Miles—who is a senior at George Mason University in the Northern VA area—asked me to spend a few days with him and help him find a good used car.

Though I’m not a fan of intense urban environments such as Fairfax, Arlington, Georgetown etc.—cities surrounding Washington, DC—I was delighted to be of some help to my son and spend a little time in his world. Plus, any new setting—the community and the house my son and his friends live in—is a photo opportunity.

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me well, that college—especially my undergraduate years—was the most wonderful, stimulating time in my life. We all know how old people are pathetically inclined to want to re-live their “glory-days” (ala Bruce Springsteen) so an opportunity to vicariously participate in my son’s university life and do some fun shooting was like a little dream come true.

My son and I spent many hours driving all over the Northern Virginia area chasing listings on Craig’s list and going through a check list with each car so there wasn’t much chance to shoot during those times. But the hours I spent in the house Miles and his friends were renting, gave me a chance to find some interior studies. This was not an easy thing to do as the house–a bland, generic split-level, probably built in the 70s–was almost empty of furniture and had little to offer in the way of character.

Miles eventually found a car and I eventually found a dozen or so images that were—well—competent (depending on your definition of the word).

A month or so later I began posting an image a day on Mile’s Facebook site from my “Mile’s House” series until Miles pointed out his “wall” was being covered up with pictures and text from his father. Suffice to say—this—to some at least—could make for an immature and dependant impression—something I would not have appreciated if the situation were reversed.

Oh well—it’s a thankless job but somebody’s got to do it.

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3 Responses to “Mile’s House”

  1. Nelson Cheang Says:

    a superbowl helmet hang on the wall, face a silent blinds, very interesting still life.
    I mean this photo simple but it really full of deep feeling inside that belong to your private emotion. Actually I want to know more about this photo how to connect the artical…I guess that your son perhaps is the member of the superbowl team in university. Am I right?

  2. orion Says:

    Hi Nelson–this image was shot in the bedroom of one of my son’s friends–I never met the young man. My own son enjoys football on TV and goes to games his school plays but he’s never struck me as big sports enthusiast although as a child growing up he was always on a team of some sort.

    I shot the image intuitively—I guess I like the minimalist nature of it. Images like this can be very simple or very profound because of the inate opportunity for the viewer to project him or her self into the empty or nagative space.

  3. Nelson Cheang Says:

    I am here again. This article and photograph brings back many pleasant memories, beer, smoking, girlfriend, passion and many other things.

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