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Wrath of Gnon: Traditionalist

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  • Kevin in PA September 20, 2020, 12:09 PM

    “Factory entrance, Copenhagen, 1901. The decline in architecture has been incredibly steep since then.”

    An understatement for the century.

    There was a time when architecture was aesthetically pleasing, interesting, attractive even. Now everything looks like the politburo headquarters in the Soviet Union.

  • azlibertarian September 20, 2020, 12:11 PM

    OT: How can it be that I am just now noticing this picture in your sidebar….

    A number of questions spring to mind….
    * Has this image been there long? I’m a regular here and I certainly don’t remember seeing this beauty.
    * How is it possible for a photographer to be so skilled at his craft so as to create this wonderful image while leaving us each wondering the same central question?
    * That question being, of course: Is she married? [Nevermind. I’m married, and happily so. But, yeah, is she married?]
    * And how old is she? Late 20s? Early 30s? Am I too old for her? [Again, nevermind. I’m still happily married, and in my 60s, so of course I’m too old for her. But a guy can mentally rewind his clock to a time when he could have fallen head-over-heels for this kind of beauty, can’t he?]
    * OMG, Gerard, I’m in love with a picture on the internet. Just like a 14 year old boy.

    A cold shower awaits.

  • Vanderleun September 20, 2020, 12:45 PM

    Be glad you still need a cold shower. I am.

  • Kevin in PA September 20, 2020, 12:52 PM

    She sure has some nice cans.

  • Stargazer September 20, 2020, 1:08 PM

    Yes, that is quite a pair. Ummm! I mean collection.

  • Terry September 20, 2020, 3:25 PM

    @azlibertarian I discovered the most beautiful photo ever, yesterday. Read my post in comments under “Something Wonderful: Let’s party like its 1955”

    I think my eyes are somehow wired for automatic scanning of just this type of art. I enjoy guns also.

    I may have been born in the year 1945, but I am still as “alert” as I was at 18.

    And I thank Gerard for his similar interests- AD is a one stop shopping site of the highest caliber.

  • Snakepit Kansas September 20, 2020, 5:31 PM

    In regard to the picture of Wrath of Gnon. Very interesting drawing made with multiple vanishing points. They can be arbitrarily chosen by the artist, and in this case done below and to the horizon. A true mechanical drawing does not adjust for size shrink appearance at any distance or depth. This very creative drawing does it from height to depth, and also toward the horizon and somewhat extreme for effect. Very nice. I would appreciate Ghost’s thoughts on this as a professional architect as well as Casey’s from the artist perspective. I am a mere amateur in both fields.

  • ghostsniper September 20, 2020, 6:26 PM

    The truest perspective is the 3 point perspective, height, depth, width. Most of my rendering have been of short buildings so they are usually just 2 points, and height is not necessary. Yes, you can say the points are arbitrarily chosen but I prefer to think of them as carefully chosen. Depends on what you are trying to achieve. What we see everyday is mostly 2 point perspective, width and depth, but if we look up at something tall or high we will experience the 3rd point, height. Height reverses of course when you are looking down on the subject like in the pik above. Rarely do we get to see a view like that – us normal folks that shun the large metropolis’s.

    And then there is exaggeration, and this is where the “arbitrary” part comes in and it happens for a variety of reasons. Per the owners request, at times I have exaggerated the height of upscale residences making them taller than they really are as they present a more compelling curb appeal. If you compare the exaggerated height in the pik above with a 3d aerial view of the exact building in google maps you’ll see that I mean.

    Don’t know if this will work but you can try to see that building here:

  • Harry September 21, 2020, 10:05 AM

    Speaking of a decline in architecture: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/palacio-postal

  • James ONeil September 21, 2020, 10:12 AM

    I do enjoy Wrath of Gnon’s twitter postings.

    His 19th cent, Japanese firemen posting above; meanwhile in a neighborhood close to him those guys were doing this in the 1800s and are still doing so today http://shashinski.com/2014/04/05/japanese-firefighters-traditional-style/

    Here’s a link to an 1877 Ukiyo-e print of firemen putting on the same show; https://www.japanese-finearts.com/item/list2/A1-92-333/New-Year-s-Parade-of-Fire-Brigades

  • John Venlet September 21, 2020, 11:57 AM

    @James ONeil – Thanks for those links to the Japanese firemen. It’s nice to see a tradition ongoing still, as the print from 1877 illustrates nicely.

  • bilejones September 22, 2020, 5:26 PM

    loved the picture. They hadn’t got this new-found perspective thing just right then.