Rectangle Exit

By: Gustav Hoiland

Nov 17 2010

Category: architecture

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Focal Length:30mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

The Entrance to Break Time

There just may be a coherent project here. Here in the mundane yet professional styling of class A office space and what I assume is the equivalent grade warehouse classification. I have noticed I’m drawn to two things when I’m shooting at work. The first is high impact exciting compositions rife with diagonals and other such exciters. Second are these staid still lives composed of steady horizontals and verticals in door frames featuring the complete gamut of office objects. Water fountains. Lonely after-hours printers. Cubicle walls.

There’s a lot going on in this here photo. I suppose it’s not about symmetry, but similarity in objects throughout. The one burnt out light against the two lit. The cinder block cut out (leading to a door), the recess for the water fountain, and finally the door frame. I’ll admit the two indoor guard rails (protection against careening forklifts) are about as symmetrical as an anagram.

Amid this sea of right angles lie two acute details that offer the slightest hint of non conformity. The two “caution: wet floor” signs folded to the left of the fountain.

The longer you look at this the more rectangles you see. I bet you’ll consciously see at least another four if you look it over again.

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