Stacks of 45s

By: Gustav Hoiland

Dec 08 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:8 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Red Decks White Railings

With six individually mixed and baked batches of cookies under my belt for the night (holiday cookie exchange tomorrow at work), I retire to my folder of possible collection images from voyage. Like yesterday’s, there’s a Gus, and he’s ‘a leanin’ against some railings. The standard issue nautically themed white washed container ship railings.

What concerns me is the fact that I’m dead center in this piece. It’s like the first thing you learn not to do. And of course there’s plenty of exceptions to that “rule,” but this image ain’t really one of them. Then again maybe there’s so much going on throughout that I’m really the anchor of the work, and I’m in just the right place. But really. I’m almost comically afraid of someone unfamiliar with my work seeing this and saying “cool, but next time make sures to puts the subject off center! Take it from me, kiddo!” uguuughghhh

Thankfully there’s some other redeeming features. Most notably the cacophony of diagonal lines shooting every which way. The boldest being the bottom-right to just-over-my-head floorboard of steel. Then the comparably delicate railings and their supports, the stairway, the criss crosses of the containers, etc…

All buildings should be built like this with giant decks (not scrawny off-limits fire escapes) adorning the exterior.

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