That Mundane Skyline - NotMonday, January 29, 2018
Today as I drove around an intersection circle in Kitsilano during the incessant rain of this month, I suddenly had to stop for a young person (sex and race unimportant). The person was moving very quickly on the circle and had stepped off. I was subjected to all kinds of profanity as to the fact that I might have hit him/her. Him/her even landed a fist on my hood (no damage).
It is most obvious that a pedestrian has the right of way. I am 75 but I see very well and yet I did not. Had I him/her, I would have been wrong and him/her would have been right.
There is a problem in this 21st century that involves ignorance of physics and exactly what caution is.
On a rainy day it takes almost twice the distance to stop. Perhaps a bit less as our Cruze has snow tires which do have more grip.
The person might have been better inclined to exercise caution over being right.
The purpose of the above has to do (believe it or not!) with the concept of a city skyline.
I see tons of skylines and panoramic skylines (at night, during the day, and at sunsets) in social media. As a product of the past century and as a magazine photographer I was always pushed by extremely competent art/design directors to make even mundane photographs different. The reason for this is that in that past century magazines and newspapers believed in out-competing each other. It was a time before the free handout photograph.
While in New York I avoided crossing the Brooklyn Bridge (we did cross it) just to photograph the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn.
It was at the fantastic Intrepid Museum (on board the USS Intrepid WWII vintage aircraft carrier) that I knew I was going to get that different skyline. This was particularly so when Rosemary and I went into the captain’s bridge.
No matter how mundane there is always a way around that. There is never a reason to shoot something just because everybody else shoots it.