A Suburban in the City

By: pbcmedia

Sep 20 2009

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Category: Art, ART IS WHERE YOU FIND IT, Artists


Focal Length:50mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D

“Damian Ortega is known for taking things apart and putting them back together again.”

That’s what it says on the website of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston about his exhibit “Do It Yourself” which opened on Friday with me first in line.

Go look at the slide show provided on the website but I’m not sure anything but seeing it shall convey the wonder and humor (yes, humor, I’m telling you– I laughed out loud) artist.  I don’t believe anyone in recent memory has required presence as much as Mr. Ortega.

All I can tell you is this.

On my walk back to the train station, I stood in the median strip taking shots of Boston from across Fort Point Channel, purposely underexposing and overexposing, and absolutely, positively shaking the camera as I pressed the shutter. If I could jump with any degree of grace, I’d have jumped up and down while pressing the shutter.

Once home, I stole another image of this black Suburban I’d taken on my walk to the museum and put it all  back together again into this image.  I call it “Before and After”.


Feels good–this putting things back together thing.

©Pat Coakley 2009


3 comments on “A Suburban in the City”

  1. Well its neat that you got to see the new exhibit. And the effects on the photo visually are very interesting.

  2. I like the oversaturated colors and washed out highlight areas on this. Almost as if the light is melting those buildings away, and they are thin as paper. Maybe they are…

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