Stills V3

January 6, 2009

SOLD

Filed under: Robert Hoehne — Rex @ 11:22

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  1. There’s quite a lot summed up here in what seems to be a massive upheaval for one or more people. Does this get recycled I wonder?

    I keep going back to the green pond – it makes one realise just how many artefacts are generated by making homes.

    Comment by John Ellis — January 7, 2009 @ 07:42

  2. I get the sense of neighbours, due to the hedge & flowering plant: one lot messy, the others selling up. Photog shadow in the corner is a distraction.
    This isn’t really doing much for me. I don’t get a real sense of what is trying to be said.

    Comment by doonster — January 7, 2009 @ 12:50

  3. I feel like I’m back in Australia, with Lee Friedlander.

    Probably an image I’d initially dismiss, but this context makes me spend a bit more time and think about what I’m looking at. That’s where the Friedlander memories were stired, both by the subject matter and the signature head shadow.

    The space shapes of the big sign and sold signs carry over to the two slabs/ boards on the right hand side, making it hang together more than it might otherwise.

    Comment by Gordon — January 7, 2009 @ 16:36

  4. This has been growing on me. At first, I couldn’t find anything to hang onto, but then I saw the shadow of the photographer down in the corner. With that anchor, my eye is free to wander.

    Comment by matt — January 8, 2009 @ 12:02

  5. Matt’s comment about the shadow is interesting: I had thought of mentioning it as a comparative ephemerality but reckoned that was pushing it!

    Comment by John Ellis — January 8, 2009 @ 20:53

  6. If I had been first to comment I might have been struggling, but being able to follow the lead of others makes it easier for me to unravel the image.

    Even so, I don’t think I take much away from it as a standalone shot. It feels like a story that I’ve missed the opening of.

    Comment by Colin — January 9, 2009 @ 10:30

  7. The image contains an eclectic selection of debris but it was the photographers shadow that caught my eye first.

    Comment by Rex — January 9, 2009 @ 21:56

  8. Matt’s comment helped me somewhat with viewing this. I’m intrigued by the potted vine and flowers and the shadow it creates, but ultimately that big red SOLD sign annoys me, and am not finding much of interest over most of the middle and right hand side (besides the shadow).

    Comment by Christina — January 10, 2009 @ 20:43

  9. I couldn’t help but think about Christina’s annoyance over the SOLD sign. Having just gone through real estate hell only to finally emerge in halfway decent shape, I had a different reaction to the sign.

    I struggled with this one. I kept getting stuck on pieces. Ultimately, I decided to just enjoy bouncing around from one color block to another, being pitched from one corner to the next and not thinking too much.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — January 11, 2009 @ 22:43

  10. There sure is a lot to work with. Whilst I enjoy the play of sold versus the ‘junk’ that may have been sold the flowering plant adds some bathos. The composition seems quite flat – I’m only seeing the surface and no depth. However, the contents and some of the bizarre pairings you can make with them somewhat redeem this. Like Matt, this has grown on me with each viewing. I don’t find the photographer shadow as much of a base as that potted plant.

    Comment by akikana — January 12, 2009 @ 04:40

  11. for me at least, the photographer’s shadow is just such a loaded reference to all the stuff that Friedlander did, I end up having mixed feelings about it.

    Comment by Gordon — January 13, 2009 @ 19:40

  12. we waste so much, the crap piles up and we just walk by with blinkers on.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — January 13, 2009 @ 20:18


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