Confluence Culture

beach form #1

Posted in photo by oliverhulland on November 10, 2009


I find these sea side structures near the North Jetty of Humboldt Bay to be weirdly alluring. Partially because they seem so alien when set against a sea of European beach grass (the real alien/invader). And partially because of their indecipherable tones: a constant burping of major keys echoed back by a structure looming in the channel.

Formally it is the contrast of the linear and the organic, the steel legs placed amidst a fur of grass, and the stop-sign red flag clashing with the cloudy white and blue sky. Or maybe I find comfort in their sentry like stature inherent in the stable tripod form.

Regardless of why I like it, I love the fact that this functional structure does more for me than most pieces of modernist sculpture. Unwittingly, some Coast Guard engineer out sculpted Calder, or Barbara Hepworth, or David Smith.




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  1. Jake said, on November 10, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    nice blawg, buddy. i gotta say this one really resonates with me. finding beauty in everyday things is exactly what i aim to do as a photographer. cheers.

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