Stills V3

October 7, 2009

Pit Stop

Filed under: Anita Jesse — anitajesse @ 15:27

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  1. California dreaming.

    You certainly have gone for the jugular with this in more ways than one. I was reading a doom and gloom-laden article about the State recently and this neatly encapsulates it. Many parts of this shot could be subject matter in their own right from the Andean-like mountain range to the graffiti, so unexpectedly sprouting on a wall in the middle of nowhere. The yellow flower seems to be finding it all too difficult and started to bend in line with the red pole.

    A startling composition that holds one in thrall with its juxtaposition of aesthetic extremes.

    The article, the the way, is here.

    Comment by John Ellis — October 8, 2009 @ 06:48

  2. That white line is a powerful separator of the textural foreground from the remainder, almost to the point of being a different image.

    The bright flower vs the rubbish is a poignant juxtaposition, there is even a plastic pipe echoing the flower. (I wrote that without reading John’s comment, honest!)

    Comment by Rex — October 9, 2009 @ 20:22

  3. This looks like a three part composite. On the assumption that it isn’t, I think you have created an arresting picture that ought to bring viewers up short. Do we really do that to our environment?…

    Plenty enough design to hold attention past the intial shock too.

    Comment by Colin — October 12, 2009 @ 17:23

  4. What a wonderful and inviting photograph. The brightness of the flower up front does give a sense of hope for the whole. The slope of the white line and the fence is a good contrats to the hills/mountains in the background. Didn’t take me too long to get over the initial impact and start looking for details – of which you have included more than enough. Well seen.

    Comment by akikana — October 13, 2009 @ 04:33

  5. Colin’s word “arresting” describes it well. I first opened it on a laptop and saw the top only — when scrolling down to see the whole, that wall and graffiti was quite a jolt. When I try to imagine it without any of the main elements, it doesn’t work so well — as it is, a brilliant observation photographed very effectively.

    Comment by Christina — October 14, 2009 @ 01:37

  6. My eye keeps fighting me away from the wall in the foreground – so much so I didn’t really see what it was to start with. A bit like Colin, my eye sees a composite. I almost want to see it without the wall but I do think it would be less interesting without it.
    I’m not sure that makes any sense at all…sorry.

    Comment by Lillput — October 16, 2009 @ 10:52

  7. I like the rhythm between initial upstroke of the A, the flower and the piece of orange tubing in the background. That’s well seen, but the rest almost seems to bright. I didn’t think ugly places could coexist with that much sunshine.

    Comment by matt — October 16, 2009 @ 11:32

  8. Composite? I wouldn’t have had sufficient motivation or stomach to dwell on the ugly elements long enough to put together a composite. There is plenty of ugliness around. If I spent my time looking for it, I would be ready to slash my wrists. I admire those who can seek out these scenes and keep their sanity, but I’m not one of them.

    Matt – Wouldn’t it be lovely if sunshine could protect us from the untidy aspects of life? The southwestern US would be an even better place to live.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — October 18, 2009 @ 18:24

  9. I read this as a hopeful picture – the inclusion of the background landscape and the bright flower. The junk and graffiti feel like temporary, small incursions rather than the more usual doom-laden pictures of such scenes.

    Comment by doonster — October 19, 2009 @ 11:40

  10. Martin – Bravo. I will admit that without the flower and the mountains I would never have snapped the shutter. Without them much too gloomy for me.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — October 19, 2009 @ 18:31


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