Beneath Seen From Above

By: Gustav Hoiland

Mar 28 2010

Category: china

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Focal Length:26mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80
All the Little Bikes

I don’t recall any other examples of my work that look quite like this. I’m also not sure why I say that, but this piece just stands out somehow from other images when I’m flipping through the archives. In a good way though, as I quite like it.

The bicycles all seem so dainty, just as the rest of the details do. It’s like a model railroad set or something, with tiny traffic signs, trash cans and street lights. The tiny bundles of leaves on the branches look like the spongy green stuff my architect roommates use on their miniature site models.

Overall it’s very flat, or very flat with these delicate little structures resting ever so lightly on that plane. And all of the surfaces have their own texture, as if applied like a sticker and then roughened up with some sandpaper or something to give them varying degrees of wear. The concrete gets selectively stained, with the lines and arrows meticulously painted on with a few-bristled brush.

Tiny scene in Shanghai, I guess.

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