Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Let there be light


Shine on
London, ON, August 2010
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About this photo: Thematic Photographic explores "reflective" this week. My spidey sense senses you want to explore it, too. Go here to see what everyone's yammering about.
There's something to be said for the carefully shaped sculptures of plastic and glass that adorn most modern vehicles. I know we don't give them much thought unless they're blindly accelerating toward a particularly sensitive body part or two, but a closer look at the average car today reveals an intricate little micro-world of light management that ensures the vehicle can both see and be seen. Observe an older car next to a newer one and the difference is even more obvious.

So if you see me scrunched down on the sidewalk with my camera mere inches from the corner of a car, you'll know why. My wife will be the one walking briskly in the opposite direction, hiding her face lest anyone realize we're together.

This particular scene is from our family's car, Chloe (see here for her introduction.) Her rear turn signal is particularly fetching, I think.

Your turn: Find a car. Look at the lights. Tell me what you see - or better yet, show me.

12 comments:

Ginny said...

How interesting! This apperas to be a light within a light, and also looks like it has louvres! Have you ever heard of Morgan cars? Made in England. Jay Leno has a three wheeled one. We went to their convention, and I will be posting pictures soon. The most interesting cars I've ever seen.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Wow..besides,this is really cool- I like the effect:)

srp said...

So, your new car has a "fetching rear end"... hmm.... no wonder your wife walks the other way! ;)

Tatjana Ciza said...

Mesmerizing close up!

Scarlet said...

Car headlights are almost works of art these days! So intricate!

kcinnova said...

I took a picture like this in B&W many years ago. Fascinating subject that I might just have to revisit.

kim said...

What I do know about newer car lights versus old ones is that they are harder to replace when they go...at least they were on my Nissan Altima. It was an ordeal! But I'll go look at them with new eyes and see what I see. :)

Road Trips from the dashboard of Erin and Sara said...

Wild! I've never looked that closely but I may take a second look now.
~Keep Blogging

Tracy S said...

what a super cool perspective! Awesome shot Carmi

Catharine said...

As long as you can restrain yourself from peering under the hood, your reputation should remain intact. And your marriage!

Anonymous said...

This looks really cool

I actually just wrote a post about cars/driving myself, check it out if you get a chance:

http://fingerpaintinginthedark.blogspot.com/2010/09/dads-advice.html

ayas05 said...

wonderful... it was majestic appearance it look likes an abstract art...but it was a shed of light...nge