I recently visited a neighborhood in Oakland I'd known during the years long ago, when I lived there, to have breakfast with a friend. Although it was a rather overcast day I brought my camera, thinking I might find a few interesting urban scenes worth photographing.
I was standing outside the restaurant waiting for my friend when I noticed this quite new bicycle whose owner had carefully locked his prized possession to a parking meter. What made the photo interesting to me was the fact the owner of the bicycle had removed the front tire so he could lock that as well as the rear tire and frame to the steel post. Sadly, we've come to a time and Oakland seems to be a place where one's possessions must be protected with special care. My god daughter had her car broken into on Friday in another part of Oakland by theives who ripped the radio and tape deck out of the dash. She drives an old car, so it is very hard to imagine anyone would steal the stereo, but such was the case. They'll sell it for five dollars and she will pay a couple of hundred to replace the broken window and buy an inexpensive replacement. This is a strange world in which we live. And Oakland, for all its beauty is not without its dangers.
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iamxa (3041) 2004-10-18 7:19
Hi Curtis. Good lines compo. I like the way you did it, but I'm not sure if this one would improves in black and white... Well done in any case. Pleased to met you again !!!
sn00zie (2384) 2004-10-18 9:52
oh! i didn't realise he'd sort of dis-mantled his bicycle. this is a nice capture with some interesting lines
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2004-10-18 10:53
Yep, you got me a bike, nice lines all the spokes together with the round forms of the wheels.
The bike is always locked like this, the paint on the tube is gone where the axis is, and yes, like Adam says, the lock is not very impressive.
The tires, however, are excellent, I had a chance this morning to test them in heavy rains ;-)
avigur_11 (22077) 2004-10-18 22:45
I like the fact that this is almost a b/w photo with only a few color elemnts. The angle is quite good, and the way the two circles touches each other makes an inteesting pattern. a very good shot, Curtis.
SophieL (6038) 2004-10-22 5:14
Hi Curtis... Back from a little vacation and I see that your style has changed a little bit. You seem to get closer to your subject, focus on patterns, shape, signs that symbolize what you want to say. It's quite interesting to follow your path.
Through this picture and your note you tell us about things you don't understand in our society. The focusing on the lock and the very close shot tells about this, as if you wanted to lock this bicycle even more and try to protect it. But it's also a nice, graphical picture, with the different intricated circles, the straight lines, the almost monochrome tones only broken by the yellow of the writing and the very tiny rainbow strip in the center, shy like hope behind bars...
Sorry I can't stop on all your pictures but I look at them with a lot of interest.
- Copyright: Curtis Grindahl (cgrindahl) (6113)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-10-03
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, AF28-200 mm f3.5-5.6, SanDisk Ultra II
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/50 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-18 2:31