Monday, March 30, 2009

Galaxies At Ground Level

I don't know if it's funny, fortuitous, or both where some images come from. This is a shot from the front of my old pick-up . . . the one that used to be my dog truck when my every single day revolved around sled dogs and finding ways to win races. It's one of those Chevy models from the early 90's that had a poor paint job. Just before the year 2000 rolled in, I was noticing little pucker spots around the hood and on top of the cab. Since then, big flakes of paint have peeled off, leaving the gray undercoat exposed, which remarkably has held up to the sun and weather. The steel flat bed that carried the big dog box I transported my dogs in is terribly rusted and the chassis looks almost as bad. It's a sad reminder of my glory days as a champion racer, but the darn thing still runs.

There's a black plastic air guard attached to the front of the hood. This image is of the ice that was stuck to the plastic just a couple days ago. I set my camera up on the tripod, got in close and made several exposures at different settings. A few adjustments and some cleaning up of one of those images in Photoshop and I'm struck by how much it looks like a scene from space. You don't have to go far to find a galaxy. A sad old, beat up truck will suffice.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I took a look at the dull, sun bleached wind break-thiny after seeing the galaxy photo. It amazes me that something so beautiful could be created on such a mundane piece of old plastic. The photo reminds me that beauty and elegance can be found in the most unusual places, it just takes an artist's eye to show it to the rest of us. Val L.