Saturday, August 25, 2012

Body by...Kia?

Give me something to grab for
London, ON
April 2012
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Hang around camera folks long enough and you soon realize they can turn the roughest sow's ear into the loveliest silk purse with little more than a shift from here to there. Light is an amazing thing when it's forced through a glass-filled tube, and with a little creativity, photographers can completely change the look and feel of a given scene.

Not to imply that this particular vehicle was ugly to begin with. It isn't. If you're into the funky-efficient-box-on-wheels thing, Kia's Soul is your ride. No, it won't jump you to the front of the valet line. But caring what others think about your wheels is so 1990s, anyway. Despite its lack of Ferrari-esque curves or an exhaust sound that would start a party in a cemetery, it telegraphs its purpose quite nicely, and it never fails to make me smile when I see one on the street.

Come across a particularly well polished one after a rain, however, and it takes on a certain je ne sais quoi. I just love what water and flat light will do to a metallic surface, don't you?


Kalei's Best Friend said...

I totally get where u are coming from.. btw, next time try taking this from the ground up... one photographer had us do an exercise where we got at ground level.. We took photos from the perspective of what an insect, animal even from the height of a crawling rug rat...
Natural light and water does wonders for the subject!. :-)

21 Wits said...

Now there's a cool way to capture what's going on "from behind!"....very cool Carmi!

Kranky Granny said...

Very interesting reflections mengled with the water patterns on your Kia.