Sidewalk Lining

By: Gustav Hoiland

Sep 15 2010

Category: architecture, china

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Focal Length:26mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

1st Floor Hong Kong

The love for arranging everyday objects into geometric compositions continues. Nothing here but a wall and its base and door set back a couple of feet. I’d guess they have similar architectural elements here in the Homeland, but this is straight out of Hong Kong which carries a significant hint of longing for me which is likely all but lost on anyone else.

One very noticeable thing here, likely amplified in the minds of OCD types, is the slight tilt in the lines to the right of center. I straightened the image based off of the center line which, either through lens distortion or more likely the camera’s perspective, has disrupted the right-angular-natural-state-of-existence of these rectangles. I’m undecided as to whether this is a good thing for the image.

Of course the slight near-sinusoidal waves of color and light in the metal are something of a contrasting element to the rigid straightness of everything else, so … so what? So maybe there’s three line paths here – the perfect, the offset, and the curvy. Maybe I’m just giving this all too much thought. Not enough? (Reminds me of the quote, “I’ll admit I’m paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?”)

I quite like the black to enlightened black throughout the left rectangle. I don’t like the dirty ceiling around the light fixture. I like the variety of color splashed on the door – look at it for a second to see that it’s more than just the very bright stripes. And that one actually-supposed-to-be-diagonal line at top center that is the only thing here really establishing the door as being set back a couple of feet.

And the street observations continue…

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