Government Concrete

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 18 2013

Category: architecture

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Aperture:f/8
Focal Length:24mm
ISO:1600
Shutter:1/59 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
On Foot

A city of salt. Streets once black in asphalt tar now run white in the fractalous splotches of salt stain. A literal reduction in environmental contrast, and the unsettling curiosity of what happens to all of that Na when it washes away.

Read something about the sequester today. Rather than stirring some kind of citizen outrage within me, it did more to inform me of what strange things the government funds. While I’d consider myself a (passive) supporter of early education, I’ll admit that I’m not particularly keen on tax dollars (or borrowed-from-int’l-finance-markets-dollars) funding aircraft carriers and legions of combat aeroplanes.

It all kind of makes me want to jump ship. Spend a couple of years abroad, perhaps in the Scandinavian paradise or capitalistic wilds of Hong Kong. Get to know a different system, whims and strangeness and all. If only to gain perspective by exiting the lens of America for a bit.

But for now, it’s too good to leave.

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