don’t mess with my wheels!

Don't You Mess With My Wheels - Street Photography

cambria, california

There is no way this set of wheels is in any danger of being stolen soon! Not if the feisty Fox Terrier protector has anything to do with it.

I took the opportunity to examine the carrier on the back while I was there. I was surprised at how well constructed it was. It had well padded walls made of either plastic or wood. 4 clip rings at the top to attach a harness to and it was well secured by double straps to the back seat.

The only things missing were his helmet and sunglasses!

back to back

Back to Back - Street Photography

los angeles, california

This was taken at the “Big Blue Bus” shuttle stop to Santa Monica from the Getty Museum.

The “back” on the right is promoting one of the art exhibitions at the Getty Museum. The “back” on the left is a fellow passenger checking out the arrival times for the next shuttle.

Now if only I would have introduced myself and asked the gentleman to lift his shirt slightly and display a hint of “butt crack”.

That would have really made this image :-)

it’s all about you!

It's All About You - Street Photography

frankfurt, germany

Yet another multidimensional image that requires time to explore and discover.

This is a fine example of German design and engineering as a public work of art. Germans are masters of the quality, “modern industrial” design aesthetic that encompasses any and all manner of things from architecture to cars to fashion accessories. It can find its origin in the Bauhaus School.

The artist paid a lot of attention to having the art installation follow the contours of the trees and bushes it seems to rest upon, but actually doesn’t.

However the artwork only provides a backdrop, albeit an impressive one, to the real subject of this image.

I know my mind takes off on flights of fancy sometimes but the two gentlemen on the right look as though they have walked straight out of a “John Le Carre” spy novel. Maybe the young couple and their child are recording the conversation with some piece of electronic gadgetry hidden about their person somewhere.

I have heard that a device often used by a spy tailing another is to bring along either a child or dog to lull the target into a false sense of security.

Maybe I just read too many spy novels!

But! If there are any of you out there that moonlight for MI-5 or the CIA and actually have some tips & tricks for us please share them. I’ll publish them anonymously of course :-)

So now on to the real subject of this image – the monocycle.

Who owns it? Surely not the young couple with the child. I fail to see how all three of them could happily ride around the park on it.

Maybe one of the spies does? But to be honest I don’t think a monocycle figures high on the list of suggested emergency getaway vehicles in the “Dummy’s Guide to Being a Spy.”

Why am I so fascinated by this monocycle? Examine it closer. This fine piece of German engineering actually defies the law of gravity! Nobody is holding it up. It’s not resting on a stand. How does it do that?

Any ideas anyone?

catching some rays #2

Catching Some Rays #2 - Street Photography

frankfurt, germany

Non Mid or Northern Europeans may not recognize this phenomena. It’s quite fascinating to observe up close.

The further north you travel in Europe the colder it gets and sunlight becomes much more of a premium. Consequently catching some rays has become a highly developed and finely tuned skill.

One minute you might be walking through a virtually deserted public park pulling your scarf tighter round your face to protect against the cold breeze. All of a sudden the sun blinds you as it pokes its face through a gap in the clouds.

The next minute you are immediately surrounded by half the city population, all fighting for park bench space for the chance to luxuriate in the brief rays of warm sunshine.

It’s a phenomena the Venice Beach folks will probably never understand.

ever had the feeling…?

ever had the feeling -  street photography

madrid, spain

…that you’re being watched?

This gentleman with the “lived in” face was the proprietor of the store behind him. He’d nipped out for a quick cigarette break.

I wonder if he knew as he relaxed in his usual place that he always had an angel watching over him?

so where’s the limo?

so where's the limo - street photography

lompoc california

These two Saluki Celebs. are exhausted after a grueling weekend strutting their stuff in front of the show judges.

Their coats are on, bags are packed and they patiently wait for their limo to drive them home in style.

cooling off

cooling off - street photography

santa monica, california

This enterprising young man decided he needed cooling off from the midday heat on Santa Monica Promenade.

I wonder if local ordinances permit the use of fire breathing dragons on chilly winter evenings?

Perhaps not.

laid back #2

laid back #2 - street photography

tijuana, mexico

A man and a tree made for each other. They are even wearing matching outfits! Unfortunately there is no seat but he seems quite happy sitting on the railing.

In the former East Germany roadside trees, particularly in rural areas, were painted with white luminous paint in order to provide a means of illumination for drivers in the dark. Much cheaper than street lights!

Maybe the folks in Tijuana do the same. There’s a similarly painted tree to the top left of the image which might indicate that is indeed the case.

a groundbreaking ceremony

a groundbreaking - street photography

albuquerque, new mexico

I love this image! There’s a lot going on and it’s multidimensional requiring a viewer to peel back the layers to get the full benefit.

So here we are at a groundbreaking ceremony for New Mexico Transloading, a company owned and operated by their CEO Jamin Hutchens, the main subject of this image.

For your “edification” a transloading facility is where goods are transferred from railcars onto trucks for onward distribution by road, or vice-versa.

The transportation industry is undergoing a huge paradigm shift where goods of all types are starting to be long hauled by train and short hauled by trucks. The number of trucks hauling goods across country is rapidly decreasing. It’s more cost effective and a lot more environmentally friendly using rail. The only piece missing were the transloading facilities to transfer from one mode of transport to another.

Jamin Hutchens spotted the opportunity and is building New Mexico’s first.

Before I walk you through this image I’ll do a roll call. From left to right we have:

George Lovato, Jr., the Chairman of BH Capital Ltd and the man responsible for structuring the financing for this project,

James Hutchens, the husband of Jamin Hutchens,

Jamin Hutchens, CEO and owner of New Mexico Transloading,

Susana Martinez, the newly re-elected Governor of New Mexico,

Jon Barela, New Mexico Secretary for Economic Development.

What grabs you first is Jamin. She has a big smile and direct eye contact with the camera. The next thing you notice is that for the rest of the main subjects there is no direct eye contact with each other. (Eye contact is the main device a photographer uses to guide a viewer through an image.) So failing that, those of us in the Western Hemisphere start reading the image from the left. Arabic and Asian folks start from the right.

So we move to George, from there to James, on to Jamin, jump to the Governor and from there to Secretary Barela. If secretary Barela wasn’t there our eyes would move from Governor Martinez straight out of the image to the right but he keeps the eye in.

The eye then starts on it’s return path from Secretary Barela, to Governor Martinez and then falls into the gap between her and Jamin.

We’ve now discovered another layer to the image.

The lady with the impish smile on her face looking directly at the camera is Ida, one of Jamin’s employees. Then directly behind her is a gentleman in a hard hat looking directly at the camera too.

The eye starts exploring and discovers new subjects of interest between and behind the main subjects, including Stuart Dyson a TV News Reporter looking directly at the camera just behind George.

The takeaway is that some images deliver their message immediately at a glance, and others require more time to discover their full story.

But you never really know which is which unless you take the time to explore and appreciate.