Weekly Photo Challenge: Green – “What the H***’s So Interesting About That?”

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Good Evening:

So said the very wide-hipped Asian woman aged 50-60 who walked past me on Folsom near 16th Street today. She walked with her right arm stiff and trailing behind herself, leaning forward with her jaw tilted as far up as possible. Who knows? I photograph subjects that everyone else ignores; perhaps the subject is uninteresting. See for yourself (iPhone 4, unedited but for an 8×10 crop). Please do not think that I seek to compel you to compliment me; if you don’t like it, I encourage you to say so and say why.

Things On Walls Series: Locked Grate on Folsom Near 16th Street, 17 November 2012

What do you think? Uninteresting or not?

Let’s pretend for a moment that I did create a work of beauty,  and ignore the question of whether this photo is good, bad or indifferent. What makes it beautiful? I have speculated on this before and have formulated four hypotheses why:

  1. The object was always beautiful; I saw the beauty first.
  2. The object is not beautiful except for a once-in-a-lifetime perfect setting; I simply got lucky and walked past at the right time.
  3. The object did contain the elements of beauty, but needed someone to capture them.
  4. The object is beautiful only because I say so.

Thoughts, speculations, guesses, counterarguments welcome.

Vonn Scott Bair

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19 responses »

    • jai long: Thanks for visiting! I’m glad you liked the picture. I have a few other posts with “Things on Walls” in the title. Sometimes I don’t quite understand why I photograph them, but the results aren’t bad. Vonn Scott Bair

  1. Hello Vonn. I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder, some people aren’t prepared to stop long enough to actually behold some things however. I might be silly but I do find your image interesting because of the contract between the two items in it.
    One reason why I love photography so much, you stop and “look”at an object. With the aid of a lens you can look at it as a whole or a bit at a time (close up). Sorry, am I rambling?

    • Jillian: Thanks for writing. The funny thing is that I took the photograph, and yet until you mentioned it, failed to realize just how contrasting the contrasting items are. Aside from the color differences, one juts out and the other does not, one is a pair and the other is not, one has writing and the other does not, et cetera. Thanks for bringing your eye to bear on the scene. Vonn Scott Bair

  2. I photograph things in a way that I hope people will see the beauty in them also. I won’t say I saw beauty here but I do find it interesting. I am ashamed to admit all i really see is the flaw (chipped paint) do you suppose that says simeting about my personality? Hmmm…..

  3. The placement of the components, the symmetry and how one’s view is pulled to different parts all add up to pleasurable viewing.

    I like the parts of the screen where the openings closed up with a film of paint. It brings to mind a flower either being approached by a bee or a bee leaving the flower for another.

  4. I think its a great image because of the vibrance of the colours and the contrast between the colours; also the geometry of the objects and the contrast between their shapes. Not being symmetrical adds interest. The framing makes it look like art. I am going to vote for “beautiful”.

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