Polo Environments

By: Gustav Hoiland

Aug 04 2011

Category: bike polo, new york

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Focal Length:17mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Paradise NYC

There is a wealth, an abundance of corn bread at my disposal. Straight up 69 cent Jiffy, paired with some locally buzzed honey. It has been years. And with this post-salad treat of nostalgia and great flavor, I reminisce on the loveliness of New York’s polo court. This big rectangle of asphalt, what could easily be turned into a highly profitable parking lot, were it not for the parks department and its recognition of the value of public space.

Ignoring content for a second, compositionally this shot really stood out to me as somehow formal. I see it and instantly I know it’s not just a casual snapshot, and under further inspection it’s actually a most well put together image. The space is divided into the quadrants, clockwise from top left: vanishing point NYC street, treelined boulevard, polo court, benches.

Perhaps it’s the combination of the benches and shadow from the fence that really give the frame some depth that make the image pop. The polo is entirely secondary, even tertiary (I’ve loved that word ever since I discovered it. Tertiary markets, tertiary channels, etc…, sounds very smart in business writing).

Thought Mr. Caufield would hate me for saying it, isn’t it just grand?

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