Friday, May 22, 2009

Contrasting Realities Under a Picture-book Sky

This is not the typical view of Northfield, Minnesota, which would make most people who have been here think of college architecture, a historic main street dating to the second half of the 19th century, and pleasantly varied houses on tree-lined streets where in many cases there are no longer any above-ground utility lines. I find the little touch of urbanism above interesting and rather endearing: the telephone or power lines; the unadorned flat faces of the rear apartments; the absence of green; the little hint of Europe (somehow I imagine Marseilles) in the balcony with the yellow backdrop. This is the view not meant to be seen.

Stepping back and swinging the camera a few degrees to the left, this is the public counterpart to the same location: the graceful mature tree (I'm guessing an elm, by its shape, but perhaps a cottonwood) framing the stately post office whose parking lot opens the way to the view seen above; the old-fashioned street lamps; the hint of the public square beyond.

The contrasts intrigue me.


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5 comments:

Jim H. said...

Penny:

Perspective. Point oif view. Juxtaposition. Contrast. These two photos have it all!

Very nice.

Linnea W said...

That sky is terrific and I like the lighting you took the top one in...those must be the backsides of those "other" buildings you're describing...

bookbabie said...

I agree, it's good to look around the corner and find the unexpected shots, those are usually the best!

Russ said...

Very nice - it does look very European.

J Bar said...

Interesting.
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