This week Jen challenged us to photograph the appearance of twisted.
I was strolling through the city here when I noticed a vintage car parked in front of a coffee shop.
The odd time there is a vintage car show that comes to town–I imagined the addition of the car to the café might be showcasing such a car show.
By the time I returned to my own neighborhood, I noticed there were several vintage cars at the same coffee franchise location as I’d passed a few minutes earlier.
I don’t know for certain, but it is easy to conclude that the diners were cooperating to bring in additional business.
I had already read Jen’s essay on twisted and I thought the sight of the car at the coffee shop at the mall would illustrate it nicely, its engine apparent with its pistons clear to the eye.
Jen writes in her challenge that photographers are welcome to interpret “twisty” literally, or to take the next step and to devise an abstract representation of twisty in life.
I would say that not only is the car in my photo beautiful, and for that I can’t really take credit, but it also illustrates the “twisty” paths that drivers take, the vintage automobile looking inward at the coffeé shop and the mall, the driver in the contemporary vehicle driving away from the action behind him.
First and foremost, I took the shot feeling that the antique car represented twisted nicely, a symbol of the power of the combustion engine and of the status that owning a great car represents.
It was momentarily quiet when I passed by and I thought to get the photograph together and to move on.
I think the sight of the vintage car was enough to hold the coffee shop parking lot in relative peace–that’s how a symbol is.