Beauty in the Urban Environment

Architectural element and freeway undercarriage, Tullamarine Freeway, Melbourne

Architectural element and freeway undercarriage, Tullamarine Freeway, Melbourne

Architectural element and freeway undercarriage Melbourne, Australia

Here's a relatively old image, at least as far as the world of digital photography is concerned. It was made below and adjacent to the beginning of the Tullamarine Freeway in Melbourne, Australia around sunset on a late Summer's evening in February 2006.

Camera and Lens

Made with my very first digital camera, the Canon 5D, a 12.8 Megapixel full frame camera that, for its time, was a pretty amazing piece of kit. Back then I was a dedicated fixed (prime) lens user and this photo was made with my Canon 24mm f1.4 L series USM lens. I loved that lens and used it frequently, sometimes at its maximum aperture of f1.4.

The Location

The setting reminded me of the kind of location where one of those crazy car chases from the TV show Chips might have been filmed. Of course it's the introduction of the bright yellow structure in the top centre of the frame that draws the eye. Placed against the deep blue sky this structure adds a surreal quality to the image and juxtaposes a pretty funky contemporary element against what, for some folk, would be a relatively unremarkable location.

Reading the Photo

For me it's the yellow color of the structure, made particularly vivid by the sunset, that reveals the transitory beauty of the location. Making photos at such times of day is good for the soul. I think that's because the process of making art forms a connection between location, artist and viewer that is pure and honest. The fact that, during the making of the image, time seems to move at a different rate suggests another kind of connection all together. And perhaps that's the greatest joy there is for the photographer.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru