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photoblog image Sketches from the West Coast: The Leaning City Fantasy

Sketches from the West Coast: The Leaning City Fantasy

My friends and I were totally out of breath, climbing the never-ending slope of one of the city streets. I stopped to take a gasp of air and had a dreamy thought: "I wish San Francisco was flat". I even envisioned how all these hilly roads slowly flatten out and all the buildings lean with them. This vision put me into a state of horror. But then I thought, if so many people flock to Italy to see a single leaning tower of Pisa, can anyone imagine the tourist craze to see the leaning city?

I smiled and aligned the bottom of the viewfinder with the sloped edge of the road.

 

Sketches from the West Coast: The Leaning City Fantasy

My friends and I were totally out of breath, climbing the never-ending slope of one of the city streets. I stopped to take a gasp of air and had a dreamy thought: "I wish San Francisco was flat". I even envisioned how all these hilly roads slowly flatten out and all the buildings lean with them. This vision put me into a state of horror. But then I thought, if so many people flock to Italy to see a single leaning tower of Pisa, can anyone imagine the tourist craze to see the leaning city?

I smiled and aligned the bottom of the viewfinder with the sloped edge of the road.

 

comments (17)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 May 2008, 02:16
Clever and attractive take on SanFrancisco, VZ.

From the thumbnail image, I thought perhaps you were doing some kind of homage to the devastation resulting from the Southern China earthquake.
vz-nostalgia: Hahaha, homage... San Francisco doesn't need a homage, Ray. The earthquakes happen there almost every day. Small ones, of course, but one day they will get a good one, it's only a matter of time.
  • Kay
  • Portland
  • 20 May 2008, 05:13
Very creative shot that brings back a longing to go back to SF for another visit.

How I love the houses here.
vz-nostalgia: I feel the same way, Ms. Kay. It's about time for another visit.
Did you go to Obama rally in Oregon? 80000 people came. Holy smokes. He's bigger then any living rock/pop star. That's how people crave for a change.
I like it! Mind you the shops in Droitwich High Street look a bit like this due to subsidence caused by the extraction of the brine!
vz-nostalgia: If this continues, Droitwich High Street will be a real Mekka for tourists fairly soon. Don't miss your chance to make a buck, Bill. smile
Interesting idea. In London we get a lot of subsidence when the weather gets hot because the clay shrinks. That's one good reason not to want tropical climes- otherwise we too would have buildings like this.
vz-nostalgia: Pray to God for more rain, Ms. Jamoula, to keep the clay moist. London doesn't need more tourists. smile
Even re-orientating my laptop to get the house verticals vertical it appears that the drive into the garage is still on a considerable angle. (That's if they are garage doors?)
But is that really of any interest .... certainly not to me and it's not my problem ha! ;-) richard
vz-nostalgia: Hahaha. You're not alone, Richard. While this picture was at an exhibition, someone always tried to adjust it, so the building would look straight. I still don't know who was doing this. I guess someone with an aching neck. smile
Folks in San Francisco do a marvelous job adjusting the garage doors for these crazy slopes. I think it's a good trade in the area. Someone makes good money doing this. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 May 2008, 13:42
And I smiled, too, -about your dream and your funny, charming introduction and your lovely fantas(y)tic pic (adapted to your vision) while looking at these elegant, beautiful buildings, where the rich peope might be living, but, sorry, what's about my neck? You know, no joy without any harm! Nevertheless I like to take part in your photo-phantasies, having been fulfilled!
vz-nostalgia: With those complains on your neck, Ms. Philine, you wouldn't be the one who tried to adjust the photograph during the whole month, while it was hanging on the wall, would you? smile
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 20 May 2008, 22:20
I've only been once, but loved the place. What's the story behind it? Why did they go for the gridiron, when common sense must have yelled 'have streets with gentle curves!'
vz-nostalgia: They do have streets with gentle curves, Ian. Remember Lombard Street?
http://www.visitingdc.com/san-francisco/lombard-street-picture.asp smile
An interesting thought Viktor - levelling San Francisco. I look forward to seeing what you come up with
vz-nostalgia: Unfortunately there are no buyers/investors to the idea so far, Chris. I might patent it to provide worryless future for my future grandkids. smile
Great shot and I thought I had a problem with the horizonwink
vz-nostalgia: We all have problems with our horizons from time to time, Mats. You're not alone. smile
  • Aksel
  • Holiday in France
  • 21 May 2008, 07:23
I haven't been to SF...I wish...

Love the way you have turned the camera - a good way to show of the not so flat city smile
vz-nostalgia: With dollar at a record low, it might be cheaper nowadays to spend holiday in San Francisco, than in France. Think about it, Aksel. smile
  • Astrid
  • Texel....on vacation...
  • 21 May 2008, 19:25
I am glad the streets are flat in San Fransisco...but what did you mean with....totally out of breath..such a young as you should be running up the slopes and laugh out loud....ooohhhh, I forget, you had all of your camera equipment around your neck...
Great find here!!
vz-nostalgia: Oh, not everyone is as fit as you are, Ms. Astrid. I bet you would cover all the hills of San Francisco in a day and then took a leisure jog before you go for dinner. smile
le fait de prendre la photo penchée donne un très drôle d'effet
vz-nostalgia: It's all in our mind, objectif-p. All depends how we look at things.

Il est tout dans notre esprit, objectif-p. Tout dépend comment nous regardons des choses.
You have had a good idea. The result is amazing and the text accompanies that it is a good reflection!
vz-nostalgia: I'm thrilled you like my idea, Jose-Angel. Would you like to be a partner? smile
Nice, but something not quite right with the horizongrin
vz-nostalgia: Looks fine to me. Hold on, let me grab a laser level tool.smile
  • fil
  • United States
  • 23 May 2008, 14:28
Nice shot but something is missing ... like an aha moment or something.
Maybe if there was a person standing perpendicular to the road, to really scramble the viewer...
vz-nostalgia: A human figure is a good idea. It would be hard to keep it perpendicular to the road, though. Maybe a passing car will do it. I'll try again next time I'm in SF.
The idea is excellent! For my eye I would have cropped down to the doors and left out the foliage in the upper half. I like the idea of a vehicle or a person in the image to add the 'aha!' feeling.
vz-nostalgia: If you crop down to the doors, there would be no point of reference, Rob. Only because of the road the image looks a bit surreal. I'll give it another try with a person or better a bicycle rider, next time I'm in San Francisco.
  • Bipolar
  • Romania
  • 10 Aug 2009, 14:56
Nice work .
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