Stills V3

March 10, 2011

Car Sales

Filed under: Colin — cj @ 11:47



  1. The content of this I have no problem with. I do struggle with the composition though and have many examples of my own to prove it. This has a very strong L-shape to it emphasised even more with the physical strength of the bricks and masonry. As such, plenty of similar photographs with such composition have me falling out either top or right. It needs something to hold me in: which this has just.

    “Car Sales” is pretty much slap bang in the centre of the frame. It is so ‘perfectly’ aligned that the L-shape, though strong, seems less intrusive on my eye than I’d otherwise expect. This ‘geometric perfection’ is at odds with the general run down nature in the upkeep of this window. This is interesting in my mind as are the number of skewed angles which, when viewed together, seem to appear perspectively perfect. Not much I can add about the colour other than in B&W I’m not sure I’d have found so much to entertain me with in it.

    I assume George Lucas strolled these parts in his effort to find suitable inspiration for his Star Wars opening credits…

    Comment by akikana — March 11, 2011 @ 01:43

    • As John says: you did a great deconstruction.

      Interestingly, I took this same photo a couple of years back in mono film. I never did anything with that one. The (even) lower contrast and the lack of the green made a great difference.

      Comment by colinjago — March 16, 2011 @ 11:20

  2. Well I correctly guessed the author as soon as I saw it and had a great chuckle. Would you buy a car from here? A great bit of incongruity and juxtaposition. I think the strength of the textural humour overcomes all.

    Comment by Rex — March 14, 2011 @ 20:57

  3. I wonder if it was the use of this receding text in movies or media that inspired this photo: I suppose it had its heyday from somewhere in the ’30s through to the ’70s (not sure when Star Wars was – never saw it!).

    Akikana does a very good job of deconstructing it, which I wouldn’t try to rival. But it is the sort of shop/store window that one finds in towns as a place waits in limbo as a sale does or doesn’t go through. It becomes a familiar sight and it gives one a jolt when finally something new and shiny appears. That ‘aertex’ boarding at the back always made me wonder (as I saw these over the years) whether anyone ever intended to use the holes to put in hooks to hang things on.

    Comment by zavaell — March 15, 2011 @ 07:55

  4. It speaks of faded grandeur and long abandoned optimism. I agree that the little colour present adds to this – black and white would not be current enough perhaps.

    Somehow I always find these places to be a memorial to a past, often one at the edge of memory and the picture serves to job that feeling. One day it may all be shiny new, but it will likely sell something other than cars I suspect.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 19, 2011 @ 20:37

  5. it speaks of an old run down car yard. Why you would have such a display in a car yard baffles me though, I’ve never seen any car yards in Sydney like it and I drive through one of the busiest car selling areas in Australia. But being busy means they update decor often.

    I am glad there is one vertical in hte bricks stopping me from keling over.

    Comment by rhoehne — March 21, 2011 @ 11:08

  6. Agree with many of those comments: so much story from so little content.
    On niggle: it’s so nearly perfectly aligned, that the slight skew is really frustrating.

    Comment by doonster — March 27, 2011 @ 05:54

  7. I’m late to this and not clever enough to add much to a very interesting thread. Appreciate that you added the two links to offer more of this place. I admire your work here as usual, though words so often fail me when it comes to describing why.

    Comment by Christina — April 2, 2011 @ 15:03

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