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Informal citiment

By espresso
With this image I attempted to show the merging of informal settlements and formal cities. (From there the title.)The broken communication, neglected plants, lack of maintenance and the poor state of the road are often consequences. However, there is a vibrancy and continued element of life present as well. Nothing has been photoshopped, apart from the usual tweaks regarding exposure, contrast, vibrancy and cropping. The technique used is also a merger between art and photography.

Tags: City General Informal settlement

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2017 12:12PM
A good find! Beautiful urban art piece... Isabel GrinGrin
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4271 Canada
3 Sep 2017 2:33PM
Its very nice
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
3 Sep 2017 3:13PM
Really hard to critique: I suppose the question that you're asking is whether the idea comes across.

For me, no, not really. It's interesting, and I might study it for a while and think more about the meaning, but I might well not.

The obvious interpretation, to me, is that beauty breaks out and flourishes even in a concrete jungle.

Similarly, the title seems quite obscure to me, though I recognise, when you have explained it, that it is a clever wordplay. That only works, though, if the term 'informal settlement' means something, is a term that the viewer is familiar with. I'm not used to seeing it - the term 'shantytown' would be what I'd use.

However, I know I am rather literal-minded, and it may work better for others...

Having said all of that, it is attractive to look at, and there is some intrigue in how it's been done.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2017 5:33PM
Good to see your work again, Bernard.

I like this a lot. Your art/photography is very creative.

For me, it's a post-hurricane picture. The buildings have suffered badly, the wet street is reflecting the devastation, and yet the bird (rather like the dove of peace) suggests hope.
I felt that there was a cafe there, with tables and chairs on the pavement, but these have been bowled over and mingled with flowers and plants as they were driven along in the storm.

3 Sep 2017 6:09PM
Thank you, Isabel and Banehawi. I forget that "informal settlement" has a specific meaning in South Africa. I appreciate your comments, Dudler. I love your interpretation, Pamela. Thank you all for the comments.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
4 Sep 2017 8:59AM
Bernard - thank you for the added information: I have heard that phrase, but had not remebered it. I presume it was a government term, possibly from apartheid times?

This comes as a little bit of a shock to me, and a reminder of how much cultures differ: how ignorant I can be of the fallout from my own country's imperial past. I apologise sincerely for my ignorance and (consequent) lack of sensitivity.
4 Sep 2017 9:33AM
Hi Dudler
Thanks - Your critique of my work is always appreciated.
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2017 1:07PM
I do like the fusion of art and photography here - the lines between the two are often hotly debated! Is photography art? Well, yes in my opinion Smile I also like the soft palette of colour, with the odd hot spot of bright red/orange hues, like the foreground. That's where my eye goes first, because it's the 'warmest' area of the piece. From there, it travels backwards through the image to the relatively cool hues of the furthest buildings and that sky.

So does it work? Yes, for me it does. It's an interesting piece, and I find myself trying to figure out which bits are 'real' and which aren't Smile
4 Sep 2017 10:12PM
Hi Tanya
Thank you for the comments. All the plants, the telephone poles and wires as well as the bird are real.

Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2017 9:52AM
The image caught my eye in your portfolio - I wasn't looking for a meaning initially - I just liked the artistic expression - now for a closer look!
Kate Grin

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