April 29th, 2007
|05:30 pm - Be Our Cuest|
Aurora Ave N., Seattle
69"w x 18"h
That is a *very* cool piece of urban art!
You know, when I first looked at this I read it as "be our cutest," and it didn't even occur to me how surreal that was. "Be our cuest," of course, makes total sense. We are the crew with the most cue!
Uh, so what's with the funny angles of all the pieces?
What impels your choice of angle to rotate the camera for each bit?
Part of why I rotate the camera so much is just for the fun of it. Sometimes I have the long edge of the sensor plane perpendicular to the subject plane, but sometimes not.
With this particular subject, I knew that I wanted to stay in one place, centered as much as possible on the "Be Our Guest" tiles. So I parked as close as I could to the fence barricading the lot (my truck's bumpers were scraping the fence, in fact) and got up on my step ladder. I knew I'd get a distorting fall off, as the angle between the plane of the sensor and the plane of the subject increased towards the ends, and I anticipated that effect in my composition.
Once I start snapping, though, I forget about such niceties and just snap away. I pretty much turn the camera this way and that, and shoot at least three times as many images as I use in the final picture.
Composing the picture feels like doing a jigsaw puzzle to me, and I think it excites some of the same areas of the brain that get hooked into games. Hah! I'll choose a particular image more because it contains something I need to finish the picture than its angle. I also try different arrangements of layers, whether an image goes on top of or behind another. As I keep taking these pictures, I want smoother interiors, which I didn't come close to with this picture.
This is probably more than you were expecting, and I hope it answered your question, at least.
Hi, I'm here via bitterlawngnome
, and I'm glad you wrote this reply; it answers most of the questions that sprang to my mind when I saw it. Great work!
I really like and admire bitterlawngnome
's portraits and nudes. Glad you dropped by!
A great picture.
I was driving by the Be Our Guest Yesterday, Thursday, about 11:15 in the morning and saw three older looking men in painters coveralls sitting about one-third of the way toward the street from the building just to the left of the cement sign. They were all splayed out having a smoke and coffee. I thought it would have been cool if you could have captured that moment, so like this picture, and yet so different. I guess it's being renovated. I thought it would be bulldozer bait.
By the time I'd have backed Raven up to the fence and gotten out the ladder and climbed up on it, they'd have wandered away or come up to see what was happening. That's why I sometimes say (well, actually, sometimes thought) I try to capture the indecisive moment.