The gallery owner told us there were many layers of meaning. This picture is about class war.
When something tickles my eye, I take a picture. Meaning is assigned later.
Covered vehicles represent mysteries. A futile attempt to fight entropy. A false sense of security. Did you notice the German Shepherd on the porch?
Is this covered car photo more idyllic than the last two? Can an apartment complex be idyllic? If I say the words apartment complex again, does that help you feel anything?
When you’re taking a photo of a pet hospital with the address numbers 666 and red shopping carts go by in a truck in the foreground what does that mean?
Even a simple one-liner can have layers of meaning applied. This large ad is on the side of a beauty supply store.
A lowered classic Lincoln in front of a car repair shop. Is it just a cool car, or can you find other signifiers?
Covered car pictures make me think of Robert Frank. And didn’t he say that no photos have meaning anymore? Or was that Baudrillard?
But surely there’s something going on in this photo of a stroller on the roof of a car with a broken window across the street from a U-Haul facility?
In an instant, you’ve intuitively understood that this lamp painted like a mushroom is playing on the idea of man vs. nature.
Or maybe it’s about video games. Or some sort of Lewis Carroll reference.
Guardian lions date back to the Han dynasty, even if the door is from Home Depot.
A color photo of a Bowie album printed on a postcard for an art show and then held in front of a 70′s black and white photo of a Chinese-American holding the same Bowie album. Half of the resulting photo is desaturated to add another layer of meaning.
The gallery owner said San Francisco’s Chinatown is fake because it was designed by an American architect.
We went looking for answers at the Buddha Lounge.
When most people look at this picture, what do they see? Is there a subconscious understanding of a deeper meaning that could be drawn out with the right caption, or are they just cakes?
If this photo was taken by someone famous in the 70′s on color film and the printed with a special process and put in a museum where someone said it was important would that change how you felt about it? What if I just posted it to Flickr from my phone instead?
If I told you the chair was on the border of Chinatown and a wealthy white neighborhood, and I tilted the frame, would the photo have a different meaning?
After Frank, after Eggleston, what can any of us do in the Internet age to make a layered, meaningful picture.
Maybe layered meanings are only for academia and museums. For the masses, photography is now predominantly about social currency. I mourn this transformation by showing you a photo of discarded bbq coals in the street.