Friday, August 07, 2009

It's All About Perspective

Yes, We Sometimes Find It In Unexpected Places

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON



Just about the last place you'd expect to see bright colours and an interesting message would be - let me think - a building site, right? But while I was shooting some amazing Christmas decorations along Orchard Road, Singapore, in mid-December 2007, I suddenly looked behind me.

There was a building site that was a hive of activity. But the site was cordoned off from the general public with metal fencing that sported this beautiful paintwork - and a great set of words.

The beautiful green tropical plants are not painted on - they're real. And d'you know what - that tree might look as if it was cleverly rendered into the painting, but no, it is genuine too. Yes, it's a real tree and part of the interesting perspective of the scene is the fact that the tree's contour has been integrated into the metal.

Someone has very carefully cut a hole in the metal sheeting so as not to disturb the tree in the slightest way. Construction work that does not disturb the environment in any way? Yup, that's perspective for me.

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13 comments:

Annie said...

Ah, yes, very clever David. And very colorful! Anything to make our world a brighter more cheerful pace, eh?

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

That is quite amazing. Before I read your post, I assumed the image had been photoshopped - contrived to look like that. Never assume Bonnie! Great natural shot.

San said...

A fresh tilt on things, David. You always have it.

Ryanne said...

As always you come up with more brilliant concepts and shots. It must have to do with the fact that your camera is like another appendage for you! I love it, and would never have guessed it was part of a construction site wall. Beautiful!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Great find!

Maggie May said...

Its amazing that someone took all that trouble, especially in the construction industry.
Looks like the photo has been touched up! But I know you don't!

Sarah Lulu said...

I love the colours, but it's the bit with the cutout for the tree that I love the most!

Cecily R said...

I LOVE that! And I love seeing life through your perspective!

Shadow said...

you're right, not where i expected that to be...

Lee said...

How totally cool! Yes, I love the do not disturb nature effort! An extra nice bonus is that the red and green are appropriate colors for the Christmas season you took the photo in. The brightness of the colors just lifts my spirits! Thanks, David!

Peace!

Rebel Mother said...

Fabulous photo.

I do love Singapore, there is that element of surprise there and you captured it beautifully.

RMxx

Janet said...

That's wonderful. Around here if anything gets in the way it's chopped down. A beautiful shot.

imbeingheldhostage said...

That is SO cool. I'd being seeing that company in a totally new light. Gorgeous colours.