Saturday, January 22, 2011

'Burb Porn

Fast Food Porn
"Fast Food Porn"
Olympus E-1 with Sigma 30mm 1:1.4
1/640s, f/5.6, ISO 100, -0.3 EV

Today's post title draws inspiration from The Online Photographer, "On Porn". The gist of the story (or at least my interpretation of it) is that a couple of highfalutin photographic critics with too much time and too little sense decided to deride the published work of others while corrupting the true meaning of yet another word (porn[1]) in the process. I'll let you follow the link, but I know porn when I see it, and landscapes and torn up buildings aren't pornographic, unless you drape butt-naked women all over the place. Then it's porn. Or maybe it's just art, if said butt-naked women are tastefully draped all over the place. Whatever.

But in the spirit of taking advantage of yet another artistic frontier, I have decided to create a new photographic school of expression which I dub "'Burb Porn". Burb Porn, or BP, is all about wondering around various suburban areas and taking photographs (preferably in digital) of all the crap we've built up over the land. That's it. No special talent or technique is required. Just purty pitchurs of good old fashioned suburban development. To kick things off I've taken example photos of a local Wendy's (where it just so happened I had a #6 small for lunch) and a water tower that sits nestled on the edge of my neighborhood.

Personal Water Tower
"Personal Water Tower"
Olympus E-1 with Sigma 30mm 1:1.4
1/2000s, f/4, ISO 100, -0.3 EV

No naked women here, but at least the water tower is vaguely phallic. I guess that'll have to do.

[1] Pornography or porn is the portrayal of explicit sexual subject matter for the purposes of sexual excitement and erotic satisfaction.

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