Concrete Garage

Concrete Garage - San Jose, California

Concrete Garage – San Jose, California

I wonder if this is the architectural photo equivalent of modern 20th century abstract art. You know the kind. Modern art, hailed as a work of genius that looks like random lines, squares or stick figures. People in the know insist that these kindergarten-esque art pieces are the results of years of study and breakout innovation.

I suppose a photo of a nearly empty concrete garage can be as incomprehensible as those modern art pieces. But I do admit that I like this picture. There’s an organic beauty to raw concrete, with its texture imbued with years of daily use. Here, formed into geometric patterns, it’s a decidedly modern structure, engineered for strength, and I’m sure, earthquake resistance. After all, I took this picture in California.

I made this photo at the start of my photowalk with Dan. Shooting prematurely, perhaps, even before getting out of our parking area. But as I continue with photography, it’s the odd and quirky views that excite equally or maybe even more. Tourist like snapshots of famous landmarks are fine, but you see a lot of those, all the time. How many times do you see parking garages?

I only wish that this parking garage was completely empty. I think it would’ve looked even better without any cars.

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5 thoughts on “Concrete Garage

  1. I think it says a lot: massive, oppressive, ready to collapse in an instant and squash you like a bug — seismic standards or no.

    Those diagonals, although they probably are meant to resist side-to-side shake, just look like a trap waiting to be sprung.

  2. I like this photo, the deceptive illusion of symmetry along with the grunginess and the graphical elements makes for a strong image. Like you, I also appreciate the aesthetics of raw concrete. I have photographed it at every opportunity. And like you I wouldn’t want to be in a carpark such as this when the big one comes 🙂
    By the way, in case you’re interested, abstract art and modern art are considered different genres. Modern art is where patterns and effects are combined to create a unique form of subject. Abstract art on the other hand, tends to ignore forms in favour of accentuating natural beauty. Modern is traditional, technical and stylish while abstract is considered “pure” and formless. The difficulty for either art form lies in making something meaningful that doesn’t look “kindergarten-esque” as you say. Unless that is what the artist wants 😉

    1. Hi Cedric, thank you for your information regarding the difference between abstract and modern art. I’m the first to admit that my depth of knowledge regarding art and art history is lacking.

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