Sunday, May 08, 2016

Cylindrical and Tubular

Spiky versus smooth the Saguaro cactus and the grain silo aren’t often paired as an artistic statement. Both have been photographed and painted ad nauseum but together they're refreshing and new. Or so I say.

Saguaro, Saguaro National Park West

Silos, Sudan, Texas

Towering Saguaros and the even more towering silos of, say West Texas, attract the eye and belong in the pantheon of forms the we know and love. Each of us has a list of forms that appeal to us and I just bet there are some matches on our lists. My list, were I forced to disclose it, would include the aforementioned silos and the statuesque Saguaro and would be joined by the acoustic guitar, the racing bicycle, the female posterior, the lowly corral, the hood, grill and fender of a vintage car, trees in general and the wine bottle, itself cylindrical and tubular. What's on your list?

Tubular was once slang in the vein of "bitchin", "far out", "rad" and "grotty to the max." These are important phrases to bandy about at your next soiree.

4 comments:

Daryl Black said...

To begin, I love this morning's pairing of nature and human made cylinders. Your list of favorite subjects is great and your challenge has me pondering and thinking about my favorite shapes and designs. You love the female posterior, I love a well-formed tight male posterior. Go figure.

Details grab me and hold on for dear life. The interior of a flower, the curve of a staircase, joinery, wrinkles in people and nature, surfaces that reflect, gears, geometrics, building angles. Love for food and its character before and after preparation is a common bond we have as photographers, as well as the flat, broad landscape punctuated with clouds and massive sky.

Hope you were able to pick up a shot or two while you were in Durango and Santa Fe at Peggy's openings. Thank you for keeping up the photography and writing life.

Steve Immel said...

That's some list. I didn't think hard enough. We are not worthy. Yes to gears and other things mechanical, building angles and attendant shadows, and broad landscapes under epic skies.

John Farnsworth said...

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Steve Immel said...

I didn't get your entire list. Just the spark plug. Please resend.