Conversational Graffiti

By: Gustav Hoiland

May 08 2010

Category: street

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Focal Length:52mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80


Building on the series of small red graffiti during snowfall, I present, “Hey.” While this is again a departure from the compositional complexity that can make compelling images, it’s OK with me. It’s casual. It’s, I don’t know. It’s easy to look at. It’s kind of cuddly and charming. Also there’s a million different interpretations that can be drawn from it which leaves it to the viewer to … I don’t know, I’ll just keep it simple today.

Like yesterday’s photo, the edges have been burned with some lens vignetting, a general darkness, the graffiti is slightly off of the center, and there’s a bunch of geometric stuff filling up the frame around the decidedly organic hand writing. The colors are a bit different though. A bit more variety, this time in a more pastel palette. Except for the nice stained doors and the weathered brick. Eh.

Also like yesterday’s, we’ve got some real time snow action going on. I suppose there’s Photoshop layers that you can download that can achieve this look, but I assure you, this was pure solid-state H20 reflecting light before my very eyes. The question is, how does this change the photo? Would you draw any different conclusions or think different thoughts if there was no blurry snow? It’s not the focus of the image by any means. But I think it’s a more important element than the color of the siding or the number of doorbells (three).


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