David Spellmeyer Photography

Photos of common things from uncommon perspectives

A Bolt? Are you serious?

Well, yes. Yes, I am. Let me explain.

OSH Water Tower in Berkeley

Rusty bolt holds water tower

When I am out and about, I often will happen across something that makes me wonder “how did that happen”? It could be shadows on a wall, leaching minerals, or paint that drips. In this case, it is a combination of the paint and the rust. While out at a local hardware store in Berkeley, my attention was drawn to a large water tower that seems to have had better days. Water towers in small towns are quite common. They are not all that common in the middle of the urban landscape. How did it get here? What is its history? How did the city grow up around it?

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What to do on a rainy day?

As mentioned earlier, my subject matter doesn’t move very often.  The Embarcadero in San Francisco is a favorite spot.  It has become a vibrant part of the community since the Embarcadero Freeway was removed after the 1989 earthquake.  It is constantly changing with rotating art installations, varying foot traffic, building upgrades, brightly colored street cars, and more.  Which means I get to go back and explore it again and again.  Yesterday was a great example.

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Wagon Wheels

Wagon Wheels

Wheelwright at Colonial Williamsburg

This photograph of two unfinished wagon wheels was taken at the wheelwright shop in Williamsburg, VA.  I can’t even recall what year it was, but probably sometime in 1975 or 1976.  My memory is also hazy about the particular camera I used.  My guess is that it was a Nikkormat FTN, which I would have been using about that time. What I am clear on is that it is the first photograph that I entered into a juried competition.  It won a 3rd place finish in the 1977 Wayne County Art fair held in Richmond, IN. Read more

Why Cityscapes?

People ask me how I came to concentrate my work on cityscapes.  The answer is quite simple.  In order to become proficient at something, one has to do that thing.  Alot.  The old adage that practice makes perfect holds water.

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Welcome to Commonly Uncommon

Welcome to my new blog.

People often ask me questions about how I approached my photography.  How did I start?  What equipment do I use?  Where do I print my images?  Do I work in film or digital?  Usually, those questions are followed by a “How do I do that” query.  The bottom line is this – I simply followed my passion, exploring techniques, equipment, subject matter and much more on the way.

This website is intended to be a way for others to understand my own journey.  With any luck, it will encourage others to follow their own passion.

Until I get it all set up, please visit my online galleries highlighted on the right.