“WAIT. DON’T GO,” I requested as he was about to pull away from a stop sign in Owatonna.
Through the drizzled windshield, my eye caught a flash of red letters against the backdrop of a moody blue grey sky.
I wanted a photo of the dreamy scene—the bright signage atop the Owatonna Power Plant building, the warm glow of lantern street lights, flashes of taillights and headlights, the patch of light through a glass door, the reflection of light upon wet pavement.
In that precise moment, the frame unfolding before me was all about light, a gift to any photographer. There was no hesitating. Hesitation, for a photographer, equals regrets.
And so my husband, who understands, or at least pretends to understand, held foot to brake, flipped on the windshield wipers and allowed me to fire off several shots before continuing through the intersection.
Unexpected opportunities like this, to photograph an iconic landmark in remarkable light, are to be embraced.
FYI: The sign atop the Owatonna Power Plant recently underwent a transformation as the neon letters were replaced with LED technology. Also, as a result of damage caused by a September 2010 flood, the building has been repurposed into office space. The power plant has not been used as an energy source for years with Owatonna Public Utilities purchasing its electricity instead from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency.
© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling