Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Jungle in the City


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It's all a trick of framing, of course, but the eye interprets only what the camera presents to it. This tropical greenary feels exotic, and the buildings glimpsed through the fronds suggest some island of civilisation rising among a predominance of natural forest... Yet there is nothing natural about it. This is the planted garden outside the walls of Government House, Adelaide, shot from the bus stops on King William Rd, opposite the Festival Theatre, the very heart of Adelaide's 172-year old culture. The city's decorative design, certainly since the intensive 'greening' programs that beautified the once-stark streets, lends itself to such visual devices that can fool the eye in a most pleasing way. The shot was nothing complex at a technical level, and it was sharpened a fraction for publication. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. February, 2009. Image by Mike.

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