Sunday, March 22, 2009

Turquoise Fence

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Yes, surprisingly, this simple fence outside a neighborhood grocery store is actually an eye-popping turquoise in real life.
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I'm not sure why I find this simple photo so appealing. I took it a few weeks ago on a whim and while I knew it wasn't a showstopper I still found myself coming back to it over and over again. Something about the geometry really speaks to me, all those lines and angles repeating over and again. While I love the turquoise shade the painter chose I think the conversion to monochrome allows the viewer to hone in more closely on the form and shape rather than on the substance.
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Perhaps sometimes it's more about how the art makes us feel than its inherent beauty. Something to ponder over a quiet cup of tea I suppose.
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Visit Aileni for more monochrome magic.
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PS Yes, I've finally dug myself out, for those who were concerned.

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24 comments:

esnorway said...

good pic

Carver said...

I like this shot too. I can see why you would come back to it. It would be interesting to see it in turquoise too.

Dina ... UK said...

If you had said guess what colour,
Turquoise would have never entered my head...lol
I am drawn to wrought iron work, straight or fancy I like both...:-)

Daryl said...

I can understand why its so compelling .. its soothing to look at, the shapes, the shadows, and especially the angle .. I am SO glad you unturquoise'd it ...

Catherine said...

I accept the cup of tea, Robin. Can we sit on the porch, you'll show me that fence in true colors, and I'll told you what I think about it. At this time I'm with you, B&W emphasizes the forms and its angles, it's good for geometric pictures.
But Turquoise is a pleasant color, I'm sure it's wonderful too with "Pacific" shades.

Baila said...

I like the shadows. Can you see those as well when the picture is in color?

Aileni said...

D'star loves this sort of picture.
Nice Mono.

starnitesky said...

I agree mono does show the angles and lines, a brilliant shot.

Babooshka said...

In monochrome the most amazing art can be from the simplest image.

Flea said...

So we don't get to see the turquoise version and decide for ourselves? :)

Mojo said...

When you keep coming back to one, it's trying to tell you something. and I've found that it usually behooves you to listen. Even if you think it's "not a showstopper".

And I'd agree with your analysis. It's the patterns that draw you in, and those are better served in monochrome. though it might be interesting to experiment with spot color for a "best of both worlds" entry.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Turquoise? I like it better in monochrome...I'm SURE!

chanpheng said...

The visual rhythm of the shadows is nice. The simplest items can be so beautiful in real life.

Linnea W said...

Yes, I love this one. The blurred background and the contrast of the shadowing against the white is wonderful. If you hadn't mentioned that it is a fence, you would have kept me wondering!

Carolina said...

The contrasts, the shadows, the geometry, everything makes this a very appealing photo.

Jill said...

Turquoise is my favorite color. I find that I'm always drawn to items that are in that shade.

Shannon said...

Great one! I love the geometry in photos as well. Glad the purge went well and you didn't get lost forever. I'm pretty sure my junk would swallow me whole. That's my excuse for not excavating:)

"Sunshine" said...

Great shadows!

Dragonstar said...

Both Aileni and Daryl told me to get over here to look. Funny, they seem to know what I like!
Lines, shadows, patterns - just what I love. Couldn't be better.

Jientje said...

I love the composition and the shapes in this picture, well done!

Snapshutter said...

Simple yet effective image, sharp and bright lines against blurry gray and distance.

Mariz said...

yes the geometry and your framing makes the photo very interesting..nice! thanks for the visit earlier...

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vincibene said...

Beautiful play with light and shadows!

Joe Narvaez said...

Simple but engaging. Nice one there.