Studio City, CA. An "old" picture in the sense that I looked at this setting for years, finally photographed it, looked at the photograph with more than customary ambivalence for some time and then finally published it to deviantART.
You have a good eye. Or maybe it is more correct to say: you have a good mind. You notice how things relate to each other. You don't just see objects. You see objects in context. You see, what the Berlin School of psychology call the "Gestalt". I could conjecture that this is how your mind works in general, and that it is what makes you a good lawyer.
You also have a sense of beauty. You feel when the relation between objects is in balance.
Art, for me, is a translation. Art does not depict reality. Depiction is the domain of science, documentation, and souvenirs. Art does not preserve reality, it translates it. This reality may be the outside world that we live in. It may be the emotions that you have. It may be how someone behaves toward someone else, or an abstract concept, like a political idea. It may be anything. Art takes this and translates it into another language, a language that speaks to us on another level than ordinary speech.
Your photographs do not translate what you percieve. They present it "as is". When you photograph, you document the "Gestalt" that you see. You illustrate your mind. You do not create art in the sense that I understand the concept of art.
If you wanted to translate what you show on this image into art, you could photograph it in a different light. Maybe on a cloudy day with muted colors. Or at night, with the lights glowing. Or a long time or multiple exposure with cars parking in those parking slots and moving away again and people walking by.
I think that the perception by another commenters that this looks like it was made by aliens, very accurate. What art does is turn this alien into something human. Invest it with possiblity, meaning, emotion.
When you cut off this image at the top, reduce the yellow a bit and sharpen it slightly [ [link] ], it is suddenly invested with a strange power. It is partially translated. If you take the image again under a more "dramatic" light, and play with the color processing even further, you could take this concept far.
Thank you so much for taking the time to make this wonderful analysis of my photographs.
I agree with much of what you say about the purpose of the images I make and I well understand your view of art. I attempt to produce images (and this is true only for some of my work) that will force the lines between mere presentation, observation and vision -- in the sense of adding perspective not in a literal way. We move past things. Photography, unlike other art forms, consists of the simple act of stopping. In the simpler choices of how and when and where to stop, the photographer has the opportunity to present vision to those that would simply pass through. I find this more interesting that additive elements and I admit to having little talent towards additiveness. I do of course process my photographs and you correctly see that I do it to bring out the Gestalt of the subject. The art comes from you if the photograph is successful. The art comes from the interaction that you bring to or from the image. It should not be predictable or consistent. It is not a function of my manipulation. It is a combination of choices in making the image reacting with what you may bring when you look. It is not alone on the plane of the image or on the content of the image. It should have a richer context that the one I might bring and include the context of viewer - - encourage that context to be added by the viewer. If not, the photograph fails.
It's a very interesting piece. I thought it was Photoshopped at first, but upon closer inspection it really is a set of light peaking out from behind privacy bushes. It's very interesting how the bushes just seem to fit so snugly around the lights - or maybe it's the other way around. I really like it! it definitely drew my attention to the green of the foliage and the silver of the lights and made it look surreal. It's really awesome the parking lot attendants haven't cut down the bushes to make it look uniform to the rest of the lot. And I hope they never do. ^_^
I can't claim I "get" it, if there's in fact anything to "get" at all. However, the pure aesthetics of this photograph make it truly gripping. Every little eye-popping detail including the vibrant foliage, strange symmetry and near-perfect lighting; it's really a great shot in a way I can't quite explain.
bravo, your preparation time is visable, a thoughtful photograph. I am enjoying the composition and the crisp sharpness. The well exposed speakers are the cherry on top. There´s just one little fruther aspect I would like to point out - uploading it in a smaller resolution might work for people with a smaller screen, so they can enjoy this shot without scrolling.
I struggle with the resolution choice a great deal. I usually provide the full file as downloadable and, of course, people can click on the deviation image to view the image alone and it will auto-size to their screens. The higher resolution fits people with 24" desktop screens which are becoming fairly standard (sorry, don't have the metric equivalent directly available), particularly for visual art pros, ampros and students. Glad you ike this image. It's a little insular and I was worried it might be too meditative - - though not for you.
Reel Estate Lights (requires no explanation), Camera (implicitly present, albeit invisible), Action (here's where this comment assays the metaphysical); "...paved paradise, put up a parking lot." I then turned to Taxi for purchase, and the Latka character seemed promising, at least initially. Back to Joni, where Wikipedia dropped a shoe I'd forgotten I was waiting for, "Mitchell recounts the departure of her "old man" in the titular "big yellow taxi", which may refer to the old Metro Toronto Police patrol cars that until 1986 were painted yellow."
So the Action that's not explictly showcased in this photograph may be said to entreat the engagement and active participation of the viewer to achieve something more subjectively, personally satisfying than a desultory, customary ambivalence. "Reel" is contextual, relating to location, primarily (and not exclusively) Mack Sennett. And Travis Bickle, because this photograph's talking to me, commanding inferential effort, and providing satisfaction commensurate with my response.
Due entirely to your inspiration, I'm streaming it on NetFlix presently. One of the first (and most striking) statements made in the film embraces the nearly-universal personality shift in drivers the moment we slip behind the wheel -- as though the internet is Automotive Anonymity/Hostility v2.0. Hanging in your portfolio is an adventure in education, not unlike Curiosity's.