Dr. Seuss’s Neighborhood

By: Gustav Hoiland

Sep 27 2010

Category: architecture, Uncategorized

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Focal Length:135mm
ISO:400
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Camera:NIKON D80

Hood Ornament

What great treasures lay before the observant eye. It’s nothing more than the hood of a car, idly parked outside my apartment in a brick heavy Boston neighborhood. Something special in those layers of paint turned the stark reality above into this splotchy and contour-distorted wonderland where architects build without regard for physical laws and get away with it.

I remember taking quite some time composing this (standing on the street, staring at the hood of a car, attracting all manner of strange looks). My eyes stay mostly in the top third of it, despite the other goodness going on. This is at least somewhat attributable to the darker toned walls on each side which push the eye to find something brighter. And perhaps the bottom center piece just isn’t all that attention grabbing. Maybe.

My theory is that the top has all of this excitement going on. These two dwelling precipices are reaching over to one another, fusing together and conjuring images of David reaching to God. (Is that right? By Michaelangelo… was it David?) Perhaps not that epic, but alas that’s the energy here.

Stepping back the image takes on a whole different vibe. It’s like some electric baby bottle, all tilted and surrounded by a window patterned backdrop. First thing that came to mind.

Further encouragement to just poke around the neighborhood.

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