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Redundancy (v.1) - A little less than a happy high
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Redundancy (v.1)

"I - Aesthetics" (Larger)
Route 16, Cambridge, MA, June 29, 2005



"II - Utility" (Larger)
Route 16, Cambridge, MA, June 29, 2005



"III - Survival" (Larger)
Maple Avenue, Medford, MA, July 12, 2005



"IV - Obsolescence" (Larger)
Winter Street, Boston, MA, July 13, 2005
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laughingwoman From: laughingwoman Date: July 15th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
one should have such ideas more often. i like.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks much. The transition to and from III feels a little rough, but I've really liked the exercise of looking at things differently, symbolically almost.
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: July 15th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Niiiice....

They're all great, but there's something really insidious about the faded "Progress" on there. I love that.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the faded billboards that dot the city's landscape. They're bits of spatial memory, relics of the America that got buried in the prosperity following WWII.
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teddywookie From: teddywookie Date: July 15th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've always been fascinated with the history evident on the sides of those buildings downtown - bricked up windows, ragged edges of torn down neighbors. I like Obsolescence a lot.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got a directory at home devoted to visual archeology. If I can't think of anything else to shoot, I try to wrap my mind around place.
merriehaskell From: merriehaskell Date: July 15th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
v. cool.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thankee. ^_^
From: uruz Date: July 15th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know it's somewhat cliche of Boston, but have you ever considered taking your skills down to the Freedom Trail?
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't. In fact, although I'm sure that I've been to key parts of it, I don't know that I've ever done the Freedom Trail. It's weird how familiarity can itself create distance.

I have recreated the march of the Brits from Charlestown to Concord Green. That was a hell of a thing...
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: July 15th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Survival is fantastic. the colors, the fading, various stages of wilting.

it makes me think of this little island on the lake in Maine that i go to; it's a perfect example of the circle of life.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Evocative of outside association? Sweet! ^_^

It kind of surprised me when I pulled the image up to clean it. I hadn't realized just how much I caught until I saw it much larger. I'm very happy with it.
From: ex_cayetana730 Date: July 15th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You made a close-up picture of flowers look not stupid, and not trite, but instead aching and poignant :)

Also, the "progress" photo reminds me of a strange building we used to drive by in Fall River when I was a kid. There was some building with white painted letters on it and the word began with a P. The word made no sense to me so it fascinated me, and then eventually I couldn't find where that building was anymore. So this picture is haunting for me.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think there's a flower-based corrollary to the "If you can't take a beautiful picture in Venice, you're doing something wrong" idea. My mom's been asking me to take shots of her garden, but I'm reluctant to come back with images that look like they should be in a seed catalog. It will take some effort to be able to convey the idea of the garden and what it means to her.

Thanks for sharing. ^_^
starboogie From: starboogie Date: July 15th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really, really like #2.

#4 is also lovely, but for different reasons.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I took it, I thought II was going to be a throwaway shot. ^_^
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 15th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I really love "III - Survival"! I think one of the things that makes your photos so good is the way that you title them. As I've said before, I wind up looking at the photo to see where your title came from, and it causes me to look more closely and really think about each one. It's brilliant, truly. I also really like "IV - Obsolescence." The title is a perfect juxtaposition against the faded "Progress." Really, really well done :-)
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if I don't force a particular way of seeing the image upon the viewer...

Thanks, though. ^_^
esmerel From: esmerel Date: July 15th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have nothing witty or brilliant to add - just that I like the shots. :)
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That icon is both witty AND brilliant.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: July 15th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
mmm... nice. Very nice. :D Keep it up!
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do I win a sock monkey?
why_style From: why_style Date: July 15th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
i like these images a lot. "survival" is such a great shot. i'm still trying to get how "obsolescnece" ties in with the rest, but i love it on its own.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most of the ghost signs in the downtown area are related to industries that have pretty much died out in this city, so really, there are a few different ways to approach this image from the central theme. What I liked most is that the the surviving text of the sign that predicts its own end. The product, the industry, the sign, the style of marketing, even the architecture have become superfluous, replaced by that which is newer/faster/smarter... as had been promised.
From: corvus_coronis Date: July 16th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good balance & layout - especially so in the top two. That last one was definitely a lucky find!
komos From: komos Date: July 17th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love feedback like this. ^_^

Thanks.
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