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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Gallery Forty One: Ruins and wrecks: photographing the rusted, busted past > Steering wheel, Lone Pine, California, 2006
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Steering wheel, Lone Pine, California, 2006

Steering wheel, Lone Pine, California, 2006

Sometimes a ruin is well characterized by its smallest details. Ive abstracted this wheel by using my spot meter to expose for the three highlights everything else goes dark and is implied rather than described. I convert the image to black and white to further abstract it, and make more of a symbol of an age out of it. Its sleek design speaks of the 1930s. Although covered in heavy dust and untouched for many years, it seems ready to spring to life with a simple touch. For more of the same ruin of a car, see the next example in this gallery.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
1/500s f/5.6 at 17.9mm iso100 full exif

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Phil Douglis06-Nov-2006 17:36
Go head, Ai Li, and push the horn. Turn the wheel. And drive this car away. That's why I made this image as I did. To give free reign to your fertile imagination.
AL06-Nov-2006 08:20
A beautiful abstraction. A touch of life by the light, giving us a peek at its design and its collected dust. It's also inviting us to spin the wheel and press the horn!
Phil Douglis03-Nov-2006 19:08
Thanks, Zane, for your comment. I am glad you feel this image tells its story effectively. Both your vision and my own vision coincide on this one.
Zane Paxton03-Nov-2006 06:46
Excellent image Phil; abstract, clear and it tells a story. ;~)
Phil Douglis31-Oct-2006 18:12
Dignity. A beautiful word, and well applied to the effect that light has given this subject. As I said, this steering wheel seems ready to spring to life with just a touch. Such is the power of black and white abstraction.
JSWaters31-Oct-2006 16:58
Your vantage point and degree of abstraction lend dignity to this once proud relic. The light does energize the wheel and allows us to think that it might yet have more purpose.
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