You really pulled it off here again, such an extrodinary row of buildings...they don't seem natural to an urban environment but rather somewhere more exotic like Bali or Malaysia or Thailand. And the kicker is the "only" contrasting with the village like huddle of towers. I'm blown away by this photograph....reminds me of some of your older stuff that used to mess with my head.
Thank you very much...... I’m glad you compared it to Malaysia because I think I might have been thinking the same thing when I looked at this. I had recently heard about how Singapore underwent a major economic change in the 60's and 70's and skyscrapers seemed to pop up overnight. I’m very glad you like this so much.
u beastie u..
the city is a dreamscape, u ever been in a city at sunrise on a winter morning, wide awake and not quite sane?
of course u have, your art just shows that so damn clearly.
sorry i took so long to tell how much i adore this
First off thank you for the comment - which I hope you know, means so much more than a simple especially your comments, but I also wan to think you for the !!! You mean a lot to me on this community......... you put more thought into commenting on my work than anyone else and I appreciate that so much....... thank you.......... I am also sorry that it took so long for me to reply.
This pic is brilliant. I wonder what it would look like as monocromatic blue....hmm..it would probably look like a bruise...but anyway! I was wondering what your thoughts were when you took this photo. Were you trying to capture something, or was it just for fun?
Thank you very much for the comment first off. And for the ! I did try the monochromatic blue and it didn’t turn out like I wanted it to....... so I went with this.
As for my thoughts when I took this photograph.......... hmm............ the word “ONLY” in real big letters in the traffic lane is really what caught my eye. As for what I think about the picture now: I named it after a Beastie Boys song called “Sure Shot” - I noticed that you don’t like rap too much but this is a good song I think. The whole urban feel that this photo gives me I think relates to some of the emotions/feelings I get when I listen to that song (sorry, I’m on a Beastie Boy phase right now.) Basicaly I felt that the word ONLY was saying something to me, but I still don’t know what that is, but it really seems powerful to me.......... I hope that answers your question.
Yes, you did answer my question ^^. I felt the focus of the picture was more on the "ONLY" road sign than it was anything else. I think the skyscrapers in the background only amplifies what the sign says. I might even go as far to say that you have captured the concept of monotony. Think about it. When I see this picture, I imagine myself walking down the street, watching cars and people pass me by without a greeting or acknowledgment of my existence. I sidestep to accomodate myself looking up at the buildings and manuver myself around the white collared workers, too busy in their routine to see the world. They isolated themselves into monotonous beat of city, stuck in the "ONLY" lane, the only lane they know.......creepy. And to make it even better, you even made it into a black and white photo. You unwittingly reinforced what you captured (am I the only one who sees this or am I just one sandwich sort of a picnic?)
Anyways! I don't mind the Beastie Boys, it's the gangster rap that I can't stand. But now that I'm curious, I'm going to see if I can find this "sure shot" song. Don't worry, I'm not going to pirate it . I find it interesting to see what sparks an artist's inspiration to do what they do (how artists "tick" is more or less what I'm trying to say). Until next time
Thank you for the if I already have not thanked you..... sorry it took so long for me to reply....... Thanks for your indepth comment. I really enjoyed reading it...........
I think you bring up an important point about monotony, you are very observant and I love your interpretation of this. “The only lane they know” was a nice way to put it.
I think that it’s important to be one sandwich short of a picnic, we all need to be a little crazy to do art that doesn’t hold the status quo.
Yeah, look for the song, even if you have to pirate it........ it’s on the Hello Nasty cd I think..... it’s good stuff. I have found a lot of music that artists are inspired by and I listen to them now. If you want some good photo-editing music........... go for Portishead, songs like Only you, Roads, and Wandering star.
You are very generous with your words of kindness. It shows in your photos as well. I listened to "sure shot" and I must say, it made me want to walk down the street in slow motion, ready to karate chop the next person who bumps into me. But aside from this momentary notion to be Matrix-ish, the song was awesome. I have not listened to Portishead for a long time. I remember that the song that I did like was "undenied". I can't remember where I heard it from, but I believe it was from a movie.
Speaking of which, have you seen "Garden State"? I rather enjoyed it. If you haven't, I highly recommend it. It's basically about the loss and gain of human identity; one of the more compelling themes of literature. The reason I ask is because I think it shares something with your photo. Tell me when you've seen it, and then I'll tell you what I was thinking :-P. Until then....
Thank you........ Yes I have seen Garden State, it’s one of my more favorite movies. So please tell me what you where thinking. If you like movies, I would suggest Requiem for a Dream, it’s probably my favorite movie. It’s quite messed up........ it’s about heroin and drug addiction and the cinematography is some of the best.
When I look at this photograph I also am reminded by a music video by Aphex Twin, the song is called “Come to Daddy,” the video is done by Chris Cunningham and is quite strange but all the same..... genius. [link] and [link] ......... check them out if you want, it’s all very interesting.
I loved Garden State because I connected with it somehow. Remember as a young teenager you just got bombarded with emotions and you were confused and all the friends in the world didn't seem like they could bail you out. Not even your parents understood which hurt you because that image of your parents being perfect was somehow altered. Then sooner or later, you go into that numb phase; if you can't fix the problem, just ignore it. That's what Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff) reminded me of. That awkward phase when you didn't feel anything. You weren't mad, or sad, or happy. Just went through life questioning when you'll feel anything again, if you ever felt anything at all, and you hope that one day everything will be right as rain. And suddenly it does (when Zach's character meets Sam, played by Natalie Portman). An inspirational film about the journey of finding yourself, love, and friends. Not only that, but it's got a great soundtrack too . I even bought Frou Frou's CD after I heard that song on the track. What did you think of the movie itself!?
I did listen to that "Come to Daddy", and I must say, it is quite different from what I have ever heard. Interesting to say the least, but I don't think I could listen to that everday. I must find this film you speak of, "Requiem for a Dream". I would imagine it wouldn't be that hard to find. I have been warned about "Pi" and "A Clockwork Orange", but that doesn't mean that I'm not curious about it. But I have seen "Momento", and wow, that's sad yet profound. The ability to forget yourself and never to pick up where you left off again. What a mind trip man. I'm going to have to declare a "mind-puzzling movie day" sometime for myself. But until then...
Frou Frou is good stuff, I like a lot of that more laid back type of music. I liked all of the movie..... I related a lot to when they went searching for his mothers neckless. That entire day was so weird and just an adventure, they went and saw a bunch of crazy mysterious things, and then they find themselves down by a bottomless abyss in a trailer with people that live there...... and I can just relate to having days that are just crazy......... one day I had started out pretty normal and ended with me partying with a bunch of Olympians for example, or the time me and some friends went to Mexico and I was left there and I ended up staying with the family of this guy that worked in a restaurant we went to and no one really spoke English, and it was deep into the more rough part of this city and I found myself sticking out like a sore thumb with a polo shirt and khaki shorts and a very large and bulky thousand dollar digital SLR camera. Yeah that was an experience.
Momento was a good movie, I will have to watch it again because it’s a complicated story and needs to be seen more that once to fully understand it. Requiem for a Dream shouldn’t be at all hard to find, it was written and directed by Darren Arronofsky who also did the movie Pi by the way. A Clockwork Orange is directed by Stanley Kubrick and is a very interesting movie..... good luck with your movie watching....... I did see a German film recently called “Run Lola Run” I think you might like it. It was interesting. Another movie where the way it was shot was beautiful is the movie “Belly,” the plot really isn’t that great, nor the dialogue, but is one of the most visually beautiful movies I have seen.
damn what a great steely urban capture..has a very sort of primitave and jungle theme when I look at it as well (an urban version of sorts, of course ) looming buildings in the bg just like trees, teeming with life at the bottom. dog eat dog. classisim. food chain.
aside from the really sleek and sexily toned image for all those extra things you brought out of me in this
Thank you very much for the comment. And I really appreciate the !!! I’m a big fan of your work and your work makes me realize that I need to take more of a look around next time I’m down in Texas.
I like your association of this photograph with the jungle, I think that this is a great metaphor for a busy and populated city. It makes perfect sense, you have the quiet trees (skyscrapers) as the jungle’s canopy an then below that canopy is the noisy life of the animals.