Monday, 5 October 2009

Resist the Machine

I was going through the "promising" pile in the digital darkroom and ended up playing around with this.
[Image updated: 7th Oct; v. slight crop to remove distractions at lh frame edge]

Resist The Machine

...while being constrained by convention


Resist The Machine

I was at a friend's house and paid attention to the walls for the first time. A Devon bricklaying style—and probably used in other places, too. Come to think of it, I've seen fireplaces with stonework like this as well.

Anyway, I think my subconscious must have noticed them on my regular visits and has probably been screaming silently about them for ages.

I love the shapes and the strong horizontal flow. The overall feel is almost "Mondrian", with lovely textures in the natural stone. I chose this framing as it 'felt' right—a good selection of larger bricks, nicely lit by the mid-afternoon sun. At this time, the sun is still quite high and the resulting harsher shadows emphasised the horizontals.

In some sense I chose it because I can equate to what it's saying. We're all being forced into uniformity in many aspects of our lives but even so, we can still retain much of our individuality while still fitting in together. It's when the verticals all start to line up as well that we've got to watch out for, because then we all become little boxes.

comments / critique / feedback always welcome :)
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