The Golden Gate’s Underbelly

By: Gustav Hoiland

Nov 24 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Focal Length:24mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Triangle on the Horizon

The homeland (Minneapolis) is upon me once more after a blustery winter drive from the heartland (Chicago). While this journey to the annual celebrations of good cheer and even better mashed potatoes is over, this here photo marked the beginning of my departure from dear America to the weeks of 360 degree ocean horizons. Container ships do fit under this bridge. Barely.

This is one of those photos that looks completely different from far away (or when thumbnail size). Up close we can see the latticework, the rocky terrain, even the sail boat for scale. It’s clearly a bridge. But from afar it’s this reddish isosceles triangle balancing on a bluish rectangle with this white-to-grey gradient flanking both sides.

So this is significant how? A plain head shot looks like a head shot regardless of distance. But what if you can take that standard of portraiture (or of anything) and somehow create it in such a way that it’s more. That it’s two completely different photos depending on size.

My apologies – eight hours in the car seems to have fried my articulate prose, reducing it to this blathering sludge of obsession over triangles.

happy thanksgiving!

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