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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Gallery Sixty Nine: How to make expressive photographs in “bad” light > Restaurant sign, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2009
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Restaurant sign, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2009
28-APR-2009

Restaurant sign, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2009

Another way to work around the harsh, flat, contrasty light of mid-day is to step out of the sun altogether, and look for images in shadowed areas. As we were walking along a street of art galleries and restaurants, I noticed a restaurant sign made out of brushed aluminum, mounted on a sheet of rusted metal. The bottom of the sign resembled a fork, and the ends of its prongs glowed with tiny red LED lights. I was able to make good use here of the soft light reflecting back into the shadows from the glare of the concrete street. I abstracted the sign by removing the entire top, which spelled out the name of the restaurant. We are left with a work of contemporary commercial art, its illuminated prongs teasing the mind and suggesting a possible refreshment stop.

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Phil Douglis01-May-2009 19:31
I guess this image has prodded your imagination into over-drive, Carol. Since I knew this sign was on a restaurant, I saw a fork. But you are free to see anything you wish here.
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