Dirty Bridges

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 03 2010

Category: street

1 Comment

Focal Length:135mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Weathered Roadways

I see all kinds of movement and some kind of frantic energy here, yet everything is perfectly still.  There’s almost some anticipation of the next car that will shoot by, but you’re not quite sure which road it’ll be on and whether it’ll come from the left or right.  Also it looks like it’s not level, which I find to be somewhat bothersome to the eyes (further pushing the dynamicness I think).  I assure you, if the image were cropped so the top bridge looked level, then all the other bridges would look wrong.

This is definitely a gus image.  It doesn’t mean anything, it doesn’t really convey anything, it doesn’t tell any story beyond what the weather must have been like recently.  All it really does is look pretty. And gal’darnit, I like that.  It’s a decent composition – all those horizontals and not so horizontals going all over without beginning or end and the tree branches on both sides giving it a frame of sorts.

It was shot whilst just wandering around with a camera without any real set up or advanced thinking. I just happened to look to my left, catch the scene, look at it through my lens for a couple seconds, and then make a couple exposures. End of story.  Walked on.  Shot 100 or more other scenes the same way on that walk, some of which also turned out quite nice and will probably appear on here in the coming weeks.

To me, this image further proves that beauty can be seen in everyday life, most anywhere you are; you just have to see it.  Beautiful might not be the word you think of, but … well, I love this stuff.

One comment on “Dirty Bridges”

  1. It hurts my brain to look at this image for an extended period of time. It reminds me of the Arcane Sanctuary level in Diablo II, or perhaps the “Devil’s tuning fork.”

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