To the Bridge

By: Gustav Hoiland

Aug 03 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Aperture:f/3.8
Focal Length:20mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Top Floor

Ahhh, the wondrous cluttered geometry created by the need for proper railings. Decks stacked eight stories high above the Pacific – all painted red, all contained in the sprawling spider web of bright white handrails and nautically white-painted metal walls. My current apartment has a small deck overlooking my complex’s parking lot, though the view is mostly obstructed by some thinning hedges. My current apartment’s vista pales in comparison to the studio room on the 7th floor of this ship that I occupied for August last year.

Perhaps the biggest immediate draw of the image is the two opposing and highly dynamic vanishing points presented by 1. the staircase and its rails going up and 2. the above deck and wall coming down. You almost lean forward in your chair when you see this image. It pulls you into those dark round-cornered windows above.

Notice the ocean, barely visible at the bottom of the frame through the below floor’s through-way. How the bottoms of the stairs become more visible as they ascend. The shadows on the metalwork that further complicate their shapes and direction.

And once you reach the top there’s nothing left but sky and horizon.

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