Observing the galleries at the CSULB Art Gallery center, I found the photography exhibit to be the most intriguing, especially since photography is one of my favorite forms of art. Analyzing the several works of art, I found the bridges to be the most telling as they reminded my of my great grandma and his work as a railroad worker in the 1940s and 1950s in Los Angeles. The antiqueness of the bridges gave the each photograph a certain emotion and story behind them. I can imagine the many drag races that teenagers would have in the 1950s and the hard work of the men working the railroad tracks that lay nearby.
The photographs of the bridges were’t pretty, but in a sense that’s what made the pictures more attractive and appealing, to me especially. I appreciated what the photographer was trying to convert and I love that they didn’t care about how the condition of the abandoned bridges and railroad tracks looked, they simply wanted what was there to tell the story as it was. The ruggedness of the abandoned bridges and railroad tracks told a story of what once was, an architecturally built bridge made easy for commuters in the greater city area to commute from place to place by car, while the railroad told of a time where imported goods to nearby factories were being distributed daily as a means of supply. Although many bridges and railroads exist today the demand for them have lessened as they increased highways and air travel is another means of transportation of imported goods.
Looking at the photographs from an artist’s perspective, I thought the composition was spot on, the photographer also displays an eye for shape, color, and form. The weeds growing sporadically through the cracks of the concrete, the design of the bridges, and the puddles of water provide a certain feel and look to each photograph giving the photo more meaning than just an abandoned bridge. Although gives off a feel of abandonment, it also leaves the audience wondering what was once there when the bridge and railroads were in use. What point in time were these bridges most relevant and in use? What types of imported good were being brought onto these railroads? What made these bridges become increasingly abandoned and desolate? It is photographs like these that leave the audience wondering most about what it all means. Asking questions and truly trying to understand what the photo might mean or what the story behind it might mean, is what I believe makes artwork truly meaningful and inspiring.
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