My lunch walks began in spring 2013 as a reprieve from being locked up inside all winter. The industrial neighborhood where I work is so interesting; it’s easy to want to take pictures.
Walking around old warehouses and railroad tracks, I immediately became enamored with the colors, textures, patterns, and found items. Armed with only my iPhone, I would just snap away—and still do. I post these #lunchwalk images on Instagram, because I get excited about sharing what I’ve found.
Once I started walking every day, I found new routes. It was an adventure to see where I could explore and what I would discover.
I'd pick a direction and walk. I’d try to find different roads, alleys, or pathways to meander down. Then, I’d see how far away I could get and still have enough time to return back to work on time.
Once I photographed all the basic things I saw every day, I challenged myself to look more closely at the world around me: details, seasons, light, shadows, found objects, and cars.
I've tried to not photograph the same thing twice, unless there was something unique about it the second time around.
When I discovered this bathtub in someone's yard, surrounded by roses, I felt like I'd discovered a buried treasure. I'm actually waiting for these roses to come out again this year to take a picture with my new phone (and thereby break my rule of not photographing the same thing twice).
Leaves are the best, because they look so different during the various seasons.
I've also gotten really good at looking down at my feet.
I saw all the pigeons stumbling around, pecking at the ground of this abandoned lot. I wanted to sneak up on them to get them in flight. I didn't realize how amazing their shadows would look on the wall!
I know it's cliche, but I'm enamored by telephone poles. They're one of my favorite subjects, but I try not to overuse them.
Vintage cars are also one of my favorite subjects. This one was randomly parked in someone's driveway. I only saw it that day—haven't seen it since.
This was a receiving dock I fell in love with because of the patterns, numbers, and its starkness. A few months ago, they demolished it and now it no longer exists. Funny how things change and eventually disappear.
I don't forget them, though.
I'm Stacy, and I aspire to capture real moments, true love, and beauty that is more than skin deep. I am a wedding and portrait photographer by trade, but I love exploring new places, foreign cities, and the diverse landscapes of Utah. I capture my visions with whatever camera I have on hand. View Stacy Young's portfolio website.