<<< o >>>Photo Friday: Status 21 comments + add yours

This entry is a follow up to one I took a few days ago, and while it might not seem like an overly obvious choice for this theme, one of the reasons this subject interests me is to do with issues of status.

The notion of a ‘speak here’ grill immediately demarcates ‘us’ from ‘them’ – it establishes a physical and social boundary that indicates that our status is, at best, questionable, and at worst, positively alien, dangerous, and to be kept at bay. And the chances are, in many of these encounters, that the scope to interact as though we were fellow human beings are greatly reduced by such measures.

As I mentioned in my previous entry, I can see why such measures might be necessary in security conscious environments, but these grills are now a relatively pervasive feature of modern life. Anywhere that you and I, as consumers, need to interact with ‘them’ – service providers, administrative personel, and other public officials – you’ll probably find a grill such as this. And you can bet, in the majority of these encounters, that your status is diminished by their presence.

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comment by fred at 08:36 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2004

EXCELLENT !!!!!!!!!!

comment by Constantin at 11:31 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2004

your pseudo b&w pics are very compelling! and i love your web layout...

thanks for your comment, btw!

mac rules!

comment by Dave at 05:05 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2004

Great Shot! I really dig the depth of the picture.

...and thank you for your message on my entry

comment by Mike Golding at 05:59 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2004

Excellent. I often wonder if people will have less "respect" for my pictures if I Photoshop them. Obviously not, it's the obvious post processing that makes this picture.

comment by m a z i a r at 06:18 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2004

very interesting, for some reason reminds me of Francis Ford Copolla's "Rumble Fish". the red does the job!

comment by Jon at 06:52 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2004

Dave, what an awesome interpretation of the theme.

comment by myla at 05:27 AM (GMT) on 22 February, 2004

I love this. And how the red letters seem to pop --- and the way "they" glow in the distance? Fantastic.

comment by djn1 at 10:59 AM (GMT) on 22 February, 2004


comment by Shawna at 04:48 PM (GMT) on 22 February, 2004

Great shot. And definitely a good call on the colorized words -- it wouldn't be half as effective if it were 100% B&W.

comment by markku at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 22 February, 2004

Wow, what a shot. The B&W conversion has been excellent.

comment by jane at 10:41 PM (GMT) on 22 February, 2004

very effective interpretation of 'Status'. Guessed you might make a social injustice visual comment - and very powerful it is too! Reminds me of the deliberate b&w flim of Orwell's 1984; and the touch of red is reminiscent of Speilberg's Schindler's List's little girl in the red dress....

Excellent and so much more than a photo, as ever

comment by leticia at 01:48 AM (GMT) on 26 February, 2004

ooh very very cool!!!!!

makes me just want to talk away. i love how that red pops!!!!

nice shot

comment by Mark Howells at 11:51 AM (GMT) on 27 February, 2004

That's the best photo I've seen online in a long time.

comment by perempuan at 10:51 AM (GMT) on 2 March, 2004

Thank you. It was my first entry for Photo Friday. Yours truly deserves a noteworthy status :-) Congratulation!

comment by Tiago at 11:58 AM (GMT) on 2 March, 2004

This is shot is superb!

Trully deserved the noteworthy.

Keep up the good work.

comment by Jon at 01:38 PM (GMT) on 2 March, 2004

Congrats Dave, I had a hunch this was going to get recognized. Great work!

comment by djn1 at 08:26 PM (GMT) on 2 March, 2004

Thanks again. And Jon, thanks for the TrackBack :-)

comment by myla at 05:11 AM (GMT) on 3 March, 2004

Congrats on receiving Noteworthy, Dave. :)

(it was definitely well deserved!)

comment by Robert at 04:46 AM (GMT) on 5 March, 2004

Congratulations...this is a truly 3D type of image, and a very imaginative interepreation of the theme. The way you present images on the web is amazingly crisp, but you manage to avoid the pitfalls of overdone post-processing. Definitely a deserving noteworthy.

comment by fredrik at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2004

wow. i'm stunned.

comment by Jeremy at 12:25 AM (GMT) on 20 July, 2005

Cool ! Brought a smile to my face.