Vacant Neighbors

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 04 2012

Category: architecture

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Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Closed Doors

A borrowed lens, a new perspective, two aching arms.  A giant telephoto (relatively speaking… they get much, much bigger) is with me for the weekend, and it, if nothing else, is a real presence. Two touristy girls approached me, asking to take a picture of them on Newbury street, citing my prodigious camera as proof that I could probably handle their dinky pink camera just fine.

Symmetry keeps popping up in my recent work. Mostly in environmental contexts – the windows in the background of a portrait, or in this case plain’ol exteriors. The more you look into it the more variances make their way into view.

I’ve come a long way in architectural photo practice, or generally photographing structures and lines with an acute attention to optical-perspectival quirks. If you don’t pay serious attention, the lines just don’t come out straight. Finagle for a bit and walk to and fro, and you’ll save a million in Photoshop time. (Upon further review of this casual edit… boy are things off…)

Continued learnings…

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