Off-White Living

By: Gustav Hoiland

Apr 09 2012

Category: architecture

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Aperture:f/8
Focal Length:50mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/160 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Corner & Cross

There’s a strange perfection to this. That’s what struck me about it, but only after about a minute of tweaking and observation. It seems so docile, ordinary, a neighborhood corner as is should be. The fences in decent shape, tufts of grass, aging asphalt, a leaning telephone pole amidst homes in good repair.

But it all gets at my current need to secure housing come September. There’s the ratios of income to homestead spending, the current (wonderfully small) outpouring of rent, the question of neighborhood and of condition and age. Of numbered occupants, from one to a handful. Of commute, of neighborhood, of the “community” that’s never really come together since my living quarters have always been so incredibly temporary (nine months at most in any one place?).

And so I continue to walk, though admittedly in many of the nicer hoods around this “Most European” city. Yearning to secure a dingy basement studio beneath the stones of a towering estate, to get an attic nook at the peak of six flights of stairs, to not inhabit a balloon of a cheap home in the suburbs.

A process indeed.

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