By: Gustav Hoiland

Oct 02 2010

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Focal Length:135mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Through the Windshield

Whenever I’m feeling photographically uninspired I try to remember the great power of the “take your camera everywhere” doctrine. In this case I had it on my passenger-side seat while driving to get groceries. Red light? Photo time. Doesn’t matter what’s in front of me, there’s always at the very least potential for some experimental composition. This was my view after pulling up the handbrake in the parking lot. Couldn’t help but shoot before going in.

What I like most about this is the somewhat fantasy-leaning appearance of the streetlights. They look like these little space ships taking off with white blazing exhaust. Perhaps if there were just one this feeling wouldn’t be as strong, but there’s a whole group of them at varying distances. It’s like some mass exodus from upscale suburban parking lots to the untamed nothingness of space.

I think the few land-lubbing objects also somehow establish an ordinariness of place. There’s a stranded shopping cart, back wheels glinting below its skeletal basket. The top-lit tree at left which takes on a whole different look than the sunlit arbors we’re used to seeing. Some SUVs to round it all out.

“Would you just look at that parking lot…” – from the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man.

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