Stills V3

August 6, 2009

View Terrace

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 17:27



  1. The rather flat tone of this adds to the tawdry feel of View Terrac.

    Comment by Rex — August 7, 2009 @ 20:46

  2. I spent some time adding contrast to this during processing and then taking it away again. Everytime I looked at it more contrast seemed like a good idea, until it was there when it didn’t.

    Comment by Colin — August 8, 2009 @ 08:30

  3. Initially, the tonal range turned me off. Now, it seems to be right – if not conventionally attractive. The picture is a bit of a challenge: I’ve worked through possibilities of meaning and intent and deduced three things. View Terrace doesn’t live up to its name because there are not windows, ‘terrace’ can’t be viewed because the ‘e’ is obscured and finally what we see is not exactly a view. Maybe all three prompted the taking of the shot, although the fact that there might be windows the other side downplays that possibility.

    I suppose that what I am saying is that this is a picture that is comment of a sort rather than just observing a juxtaposition of words and scene. Is the picture dreck as well as drear?!

    Comment by John Ellis — August 9, 2009 @ 06:42

  4. “No comment.”

    John – you know me better than that, surely.

    I will admit to thinking that I might create a bit of a puzzle.

    Comment by Colin — August 9, 2009 @ 11:24

  5. It’s certainly an odd collection of elements. I think it’s another study of colour in black and white, which makes it interesting enough.

    Comment by doonster — August 10, 2009 @ 17:54

  6. The flatness in tones certainly makes for a dreary scene. For me, what works is that the picture affects me. I want to get away from the place. All those large, heavy leaning pieces and all the gray unfriendly surfaces is anything but welcoming.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — August 11, 2009 @ 01:00

  7. There is very little in this which is whole. Quite a feat. Ignoring the no entry sign is a must if you want to get the most out of this. No idea what I’m looking at in the ‘rubble’ but I do spy something from Mitsubishi. Obvious to say, but the portrait style and the two poles either side give this tremendous height yet at the same time keeps it all quite intimate.

    Comment by akikana — August 11, 2009 @ 04:57

  8. I’ve tried hard to figure out what that middle object is — it seems like it would unfold to make something. A puzzle all right!

    The tonal range looks fine — just right. I like the framing, shapes and angles. The texture on the wall seems important to making this work for me. Unlike Anita, I’m more drawn in than repelled.

    Comment by Christina — August 12, 2009 @ 16:29

  9. Christina – the stuff in the middle is some form of temporary road barrier which has been stacked up against the wall. It folds and clips together.

    Comment by Colin — August 13, 2009 @ 09:43

  10. Not much more to add, except that this looks much like the kind of place that in America would be disingenuously named something like Pleasant Acres, without actually looking a thing like one of those places when it comes down to details.

    Comment by matt — August 16, 2009 @ 15:48

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