"Cruisin' and playing the radio with no particular place to go." Sometimes that Chuck Berry song perfectly describes me when I'm looking for something that catches my eye. This day I was in search of interesting shapes, colors, or shadows and was just about to head home with an empty memory card when I rolled up on this scene. The construction of a new car wash was entering its final stages and a paint crew was on site. There were several painters at work, but this gentleman was the only one visible between the ladders and scaffolding.
For me, the low position of the sun adds significant visual interest by creating such a striking shadow. Without the shadow, the scene is nearly two dimensional because it lacks significant depth. The shadow lets the viewer see the painter is working on a stepladder instead of an extension ladder. It also adds a bit of humor, which I like to include in my photos whenever appropriate. The painter's shadow is nearly the same size as he is, but the shadow created by the paint roller pole is significantly longer than the object itself.
Traveling without a destination doesn't mean the trip will be pointless. Right, Chuck?