Photo #6: Paintbrush Cleaning

I hope that you have been enjoying this series of my Top 25 photographs from my missions trip experience. Yesterday, we looked at the shadow people and how skits are used to communicate the living changing power of Christ.

Today, we look at one of my favorite shots from the entire trip.

Canon 5D/2, 85mm, 1/250 @F4.5, ISO 100

This picture features the hands of Will and the primitive method by which we cleaned our paint brushes. In this case, Will was painting an outdoor jungle gym for kids and need to switch paint colors.

I think I love this picture because of the detail in the gloves, cardboard, and paintbrush. This picture was converted to the sepia tone to bring a sense of history and stop motion to the frame.

As part of our trip, we worked with the local apartment authority to paint a stairwell of an apartment building – all nine floors of this stairwell.

For many of us who may have painted in recent years, we use a water-based paint — not so much in Russia. They use the more saturated oil-based paint. This paint carries with it and unmistakable smell. After a few minutes, the fumes begin to infiltrate your senses. If the area isn't ventilated, you can often become a little light-headed and we certainly don't want that to happen.

Each day we would finish painting parts of the stairwell and then go get cleaned up using paint thinner to clean the paint from our skin — I am guessing that might not be the best for our skin.

Once complete with the stairwell, the group moved outdoors to jungle gyms and benches. To me, this picture helps convey the work we did in Pskov in a simplistic, creative way.

I hope you have enjoyed today's “paintbrush” photograph. Tomorrow, we head back to the Czech Republic to look at a couple of portraits.

[This post is part of my Top 25 Summer Trip Pics series.]

 

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