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Chinatown Housing Project

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 31 August 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Today's post was inspired by Glenn (viewfinder). On Friday, he posted a terrific image of San Francisco's Chinatown. The image showed a group of apartments with finely detailed, brightly painted wrought-iron railings shimmering in sunlight.

[Glenn's post]: http://lookcloser.aminus3.com/image/2009-08-28.html

Glenn's posting reminded me of a photo I took of a nearby housing project several years back. This building is the antithesis of Glenn's apartments.

In Chinatown - near the Broadway Tunnel - they had just painted the place when I came by on Mother's Day Sunday morning in 2005. I am reminded of that giant American flag that appeared behind actor George C. Scott during the opening speech in the movie Patton.

In any case, Glenn - this one's for you.

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Rags from Plano, United States

Looks like the bottom of a flag. Nice work.

31 Aug 2009 5:34am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

Great framing on this shot!

31 Aug 2009 6:25am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

Simplicity and great composition, Stephen. Lovely shot.

31 Aug 2009 7:03am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

first i thought that' s a flag :)
very cool

31 Aug 2009 8:33am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

cool catch.... at first glance, I too, thought it was a flag.....nice homage to Glenn!!

31 Aug 2009 11:33am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Dismissing my architectural training, I am not able to resolve this design : ] best...jerry

31 Aug 2009 2:25pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

love these colors -- and the contrast between hard straight man-made lines and the more biomorphic shapes of nature!!!

31 Aug 2009 2:35pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars for these stripes… :-)

31 Aug 2009 3:59pm

k@ from Paris, France

Like a flag (where are all the blue stars now ?? :)

31 Aug 2009 5:03pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great shot, Stephen, very impressive. Thanks for the link to Glenn's

31 Aug 2009 5:40pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I thought of Patton also when I saw this - nice geometry and contrast between manmade and natural.....

31 Aug 2009 8:54pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

I thought it to be a flag too! Great!

1 Sep 2009 12:30am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Does remind one of the scene from Patton. Great red and white stripes. The trees add a nice contrast to this interesting background. Beautiful capture and arrangement Stephen.

1 Sep 2009 1:55am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

Natural abstract maybe ?? Cool !!

1 Sep 2009 8:12am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Something different and original that's for sure but to live there? maybe not! ;) Great shot! I had to look at it for a while to figure it out! Well done!

1 Sep 2009 5:44pm

grant from kansas city, United States

i really like this - the basic colors, and the contrast of the hard, straight lines with the soft lines of the trees.

5 Sep 2009 3:38am