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The Golden Gate Bridge

A Postmodern Perspective

By Raymond Bonavida

The Golden Gate Bridge represents San Francisco, in all of its historic character and its current beauty. Carefully sculpted metal and an unapologetic “international orange” define its personality. The bridge also serves as a conceptual representative of a powerful narrative that transcends the city - a narrative defined by a tension between the modern and the traditional.  In the slideshow above, this tension is represented conceptually through the juxtaposition of two photographs, one modern and one traditional.

Function and Purpose

This bokeh titled Golden Gate Lights captures the constant passage of traffic across the Golden Gate Bridge illuminated by its sleepless service of San Francisco:

Golden Gate Lights, 2015.

Golden Gate Lights, 2015.

 As a gateway into and out of the city, the bridge fills a traditional role as a foundational infrastructure of the city, allowing for ease of flow and civic functionality. 

The Dynamics

This traditional role, as a bridge per se, persists in a modern time of technological urban outgrowth. The reverberations are vivid and powerful. The implications can sometimes be  complex, subtle and conceptual as represented in this photograph titled North Pulse:

North Pulse, 2015.

North Pulse, 2015.

San Francisco city lights create the illusion of hills above the Golden Gate Bridge traffic in this photograph captured from the Marin Headlands. The title North Pulse alludes to the life flow of the northern tip of the Bay Area peninsula.

 There are three subjects in this image. Firstly, at the bottom is the Golden Gate Bridge and its traffic. Secondly, there are San Francisco city lights. Lastly, the black areas represent the surrounding peninsula


Concepts of Spacetime

Modern lifelines of the city can also be understood in the context of time and space with consideration of the traditional qualities that have laid the foundation for the present. In this photograph, titled Moonlit, there are three subjects - each representing a different subset of time.

Moonlit, 2015.

Moonlit, 2015.

3 Subjects:

1. The moon

The moon represents a cosmically wide spacetime continuum.

2. Golden Gate Bridge

The bridge represents the period of time between its opening in 1937 and the present time.

3. Traffic

The traffic lights represent our spacetime reference as human beings participating in cultural constructs such as cars.

The Energy of San Francisco 

Nova, 2015.

Nova, 2015.

This photograph, titled  Nova, alludes to the astronomical phenomenon of an appearance of a bright new star in the cosmos. This eruption of potential energy is extremely bright and massive, impacting all within its scope of reach. San Francisco has parallel dynamics, exploding as an unprecedented center of modern construction and social progressivism. 

Time Exposure Photography : Technique & Concept

The images in this series are representational and function on two simultaneous levels. Firstly, they are images of specific subjects and can be understood within that descriptive domain. In this first case the representational function is expressed through the technique of light control through the exposure itself, as done by the photographer. Secondly, the images are representational of a concept; in this case the concept is the structural beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge with all its complex implications. This concept expresses a underlying tension between the modern and the traditional that can be best understood as existing between the boundary lines of the traditional foundations and the modern progressive evolutionary forces of the city of San Francisco. 

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints on Metal

This is a unique opportunity to own a visually compelling first edition fine art print by an emerging artist. Photographs are printed on aluminum, taking advantage of both the rich color range and the unique reflective properties of this new fine art medium.  These first edition prints are signed and numbered in limited editions and will not be available once the edition is sold.  

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