A downhill ski slalom course is what the positioning of the light standards and green refuse containers along the sidewalk remind me of, or maybe a slalom course for roller bladers. This final image is actually a composite of four HDR images that I lined up together, after flipping two of the images horizontally to create the symmetry. Edward Hopper is one of my influences and his “Early Sunday” image was in the back of my mind when I conceived of this layout.
The stylistic direction that I have been going in is a direct influence of work by the painter Edward Hopper during the first half of the 20th century and also by the illustrator, Bruce McCall in contemporary times. I like their choice of subjects, their techniques influence my use of saturated colors, simplified shapes and lines and the seeming flatness or lack of texture that I create in what would usually be considered textured or sculpted (multi-dimensional) objects.
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This is Patterson Hardware on Central Avenue in Fillmore, California. If you are a member of the digital generation you may not know what an independent hardware store looked like, back in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. No big box warehouse like emporium, no big national chain operation, no Home Depot and Lowe’s duopoly with a large corporate advertising budget. Just a guy in a store front, with a sign on the front, the time to devote to his customers, and a lifetime of tools, widgets, and sundry objects packed on the shelves and cataloged in his mind.
As I was capturing brackets out on the sidewalk, Judy was inside engaging in some commerce. She had remembered that she needed some little odd ball doodad that has something to do with a lampshade and headed inside to see the man. He fixed her right up. Better than a possibly unsuccessful special trip to the big box store.
After HDR processing I used Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert to black and white, and give the image a vintage look.