Friday, August 21, 2009

Inside insight?

This evening I wandered over to Summit High School in Bend, Oregon to take a few pictures. The buildings were all locked and the athletic fields and tennis courts closed. In this space which, during the school session, is normally awash with young energetic people, there was now a sterile empty area further compromised by copious amounts of cold, hard, thin structures. In the above shot, the chain links invite the eye, but not the body, to go beyond. It sends a firm message, often expressed poignantly through signage, to keep life out. Fortunately though, art rescues us from such negative sentiments. The angles and shapes of the diamond screen, railing and imposing foreground fence create together an elaborate, imaginative metal design. It takes us inside and provides a more interesting way to view the world.

8 comments:

tapirgal said...

It's kind of like jazz. I like the stair railing especially and the pointy trees. Nice shot, and - as always - interesting text!

Small City Scenes said...

This could be called ---angles
I kinda like it.

Are you always up this late my friend? Yeah, me too. MB

cieldequimper said...

Or how to make a barren photo interesting.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Lee: Our schools start on Tuesday in Greensboro. So, enjoy the still and the quiet while you can! Part of the fun of these city daily photo sites is seeing how people approach photographing and telling stories. Today's photo does, indeed, capture the emptiness.

Also, thank you for your kind comments on Greensboro Daily Photo. We have faithful readers from all over the world. If only we can get more locals looking to us. I check the sites of my favorite cities almost daily. I would eagerly await a site of my own city, if I weren't so busy BEING the site! LOL!

Have a great weekend. Your kind words made mine!
Jan
Mrs. GDP

Jacob said...

I've often found it interesting, if a bit discombobulating, how, as you say these areas become "sterile" when the young folks have left.

A ball field without ball players is a desolate place.

I'm glad you saw fit to photograph a diamond through a diamond screen.

You're a smart feller, Lee!

Raksha said...

I'm not seeing mainly emptiness or desolation when I look at this picture, although I might if I were looking at a different view of the field. What I really like about it is the strong graphic quality, the tight composition. It reminds me of a Mondrian painting (different color scheme, of course!) or the facade of an Art Deco building. Congratulations on the wonderful structural quality of this picture!

Pat said...

You definitely have an artist's eye! I don't think I would have appreciated the design created by the juxtapositioning of the lines if you hadn't commented on it.

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TheRandomTraveler said...

The fence is very fitting, as many people have likely had this view...many times a view through a fence such as this will have a very inviting appeal, as if to say the grass is greener on the other side...(in this case, it seems to literally be true)