View Full Version : Pic of The Day: View from Coronado
03-15-2007, 10:35 PM
I rode the ferry boat across to the island today. Here, it is just dark enough for the lights to come on but the sun has not gone down yet. This is about a block west of the ferry landing.
03-15-2007, 11:10 PM
03-16-2007, 12:08 AM
03-16-2007, 10:11 AM
Very nice. The wonderful world of photography.
03-16-2007, 01:20 PM
I've been at the Amphib base on Coronado all week! :) Such a nice "island."
03-18-2007, 10:34 PM
that's an awesome pic!
03-19-2007, 07:37 AM
Wow, neat! That looks like a painting. It could be the background for something by Magritte (http://www.abcgallery.com/M/magritte/magritte.html), just waiting for the addition of some guys in bowler hats!
I think this is my favorite out of everything you've posted thus far.
03-19-2007, 08:26 AM
Ok, ok, I just gotta do this. While looking at this picture again I had a flash of insight and I'm going to run with it. My amateur psychological analysis of why I think I like it so much. :D
Everything in the foreground is balanced and symmetrical- the light poles, the bushes on either side, the blue fence, the rock wall... everything. It is neat and orderly and calm. And because this is in the foreground and is close to the observer I see it as representing self. It seems to say "this is who I am and I know myself well and I'm grounded and balanced and familiar". The tree in the center represents the subconscious, at the center of self. It is healthy and alive and vibrant. The subconscious is the center of everything; it is alive and ever-changing, just like a tree. Also, a tree is often a symbol of wisdom and that symbolism fits in with everything else.
If this little park area represents self, then the city across the bay represents the outside world, everything outside of self. The buildings are irregular and lack the order that is present in the park. Cities are usually thought of as being crowded and busy and full of sensory stimulation. There's always so much going on in a city, and to some people or at some times this "chaos" can be threatening or distrustful, or otherwise unwanted. In the picture the park and the city are separated by the water, which very effectively isolates the two themes. Self is closed off and protected from the turmoil and uncertainty of the bustling city. Self is at peace despite the chaos of the outside world.
The little park is a safe little place of peaceful isolation from the chaotic outside world represented by the city. The water, and even the blue fence around the park and the tree, serve as a very effective barrier to keep things separted and distinct.
I think the picture represents the mindset of an individual who is at peace with the world, and perhaps is in a state of meditation or has otherwise withdrawn from the world. Or perhaps it represents someone who is a recluse or is afraid fo the world. There are a number of different spins that could be put on the interpretation, but overall I think it represents a distinct separation between self and not self. And I think that's why I like it, because that's largely how I think of myself: as someone who sees the difference between the things I can control and the things I cannot. For the most part, I'm at peace with the world because I can separate myself from it to some extent, and retreat from it's chaos into the order and calm of my own mind.
ZJ, thanks again for the pic. As you can see, it has provided me with a lot to think about. :)
03-21-2007, 03:11 PM
The blues in this photo are awesome!
03-25-2007, 07:09 PM
03-25-2007, 09:41 PM
This one has potential to show up in my calendar- if I finally get one together.
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