Wednesday, I was walking with an upward glance around campus. My path was up, with an interest in the wires.
Gabriel Orozco, as mentioned in class, said that marking or manipulating the world becomes an "obsession of building bridges of communication." Isn't that what wires are, literally?
Already they are communication lines, but as aesthetic or design I have not seen them addressed. In my walk, I tried to frame them in a way where they would become marks and manipulations themselves, and lost as lines of human communication.
Instead, they speak of a design contrast: man-made linear vs nature's organic.
I came across a thought as I continued to photograph: both the wires and the branches that visually interrupt the sky are supported by a trunk. This wooden pole resembles the beginning of this tree's trunk until it breaks out of the silhouette.It's a muted statement on how man has manipulated nature for his needs...or are they wants?
There is also a story of natural light vs unnatural light. We have created our own suns for when the night takes over the day.
Modern Tree vs Tree
Both branch out.
One to people.
The other to leaves.
Eventually I was becoming less interested with the way wires framed nature's design. I looked for other "background" colors by using man-made structures to fill the space the sky usually takes up. This photo resembles a snowy hill, but its actually the top of the tennis court area.
While continuing my walk, I saw the opportunity to take this shot. I was excited when I found it, since it looks like a floating metal box. It was attached to another one of those wooden poles that used to be trees.
I saw these wires invading a wooded area.
They swept right through.
The area was surrounded four buildings.
These trees were fenced in a rectangular area, perimetered by the four.
At this intersection there was a tree in on of those liminal spaces. No one pays much attention to it, they are waiting for the traffic light to tell them when to go and when to stop.
Isn't that true? Modern and not-so-modern ways of communication make us less perceptible of nature.
A vignette portrait of a tree lost in the city.
This was one of my favorite wire-tree photos. It is drowning in the wires, trying to reclaim its space.
My main principle in taking all these photos for the travelogue was perspective. That was what I kept in mind while trying to take interesting pictures of the intersections, juxtapositions, and compositions that I found. In the above photo, I managed to position the moon in between the rods on this light pole. Another natural light vs unnatural light photo.
My favorite wire-only piece.
I did find interesting things on the ground as well. Above is a cairn, below is a henge.
The growth of something green
on the concrete.
These remind me of Maya Lin's Peace Chapel.
One for Grass.
One for Garbage.
A tube quenching the plants below.
It's just a little drip.
Natural light (moon) and unnatural light.