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Existential Friday: The Shades of the City

Shades of the City - Transfusion 2B


The Shades of the City shift back & forth, blending colour & shadow. They merge and separate before the eyes at each street corner & lamp-post. Windows reflect back the blank gaze, refusing to acknowledge The Obvious hidden in the usual guise.

Shades of the City - TD Salvation Hilton Mtt

The Shades of the City move between the colourful shadows of the Salvation Army and the Hilton & the Delta. They slide down the walls, clinging to the cracks of the TD, only to be dropped in the parking lot behind the Marienbad Restaurant. Can you spare a Toonie ?

Shades of the City -Marienbad Restaurant Mtt

The Shades of the City can rest where there is no sleep. The Shades of the City share their memories on forgotten corners.

Shades of the City - Hilton the TD Salvation frm

The Shades of the City come in many colours, but the commuters & the busiest people in suits glimpse only the grey & silver fading past.

City Corner Wall PHT1fr


11 responses

  1. leecleland

    Lots of delicious layers and frames and effects in that last image, quite a mix.

    October 26, 2013 at 5:54 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much. I have had this series of images ready to go for some time, expect for that last one. After I composed the prose poem and thought about it I needed another image. I decided to build up a complex image to visually capture the various shades of meaning in the piece.

      October 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  2. This series is really well done with the written word. It is very poignant.

    October 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much. My wife was driving through London and I was in the passenger seat behind her. She noticed the Salvation Army sign. The sequence of the signage was such a commentary on society that I had to take a few shots quickly as we drove by.

      October 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm

  3. The image in the bottom right of the last frame fascinates me.

    October 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    • elmediat

      Was quite happy with the over all composition of that final image. In that segment I used a Jalousie Screen effect ( a nice 3D element). This is not be confused with the Tango Jalousie ( ‘Tango Tzigane’, a composition by the Danish composer Jacob Gade ), though this does gives me an idea for another post 😀

      October 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm

  4. great contrasts.

    October 27, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much. 🙂

      October 28, 2013 at 12:11 am

  5. A fine bunch of processings, Joseph.

    October 29, 2013 at 1:19 am

    • elmediat

      Many thanks Ashley. I was thinking of your street photography when I was putting this together. I know it is a totally different style & approach, but your work played into the creative process. Also thanks for dropping by Alex’s blog. Much appreciated. 🙂

      October 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

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