Inspiration: Vanishing point

I really enjoyed writing the post last week with the NatGeo photos; it was fun to sit and come up with what-ifs for some really awesome photos. I want to do that again, I thought!

So this week, I’m using photos from flickr. I searched for “vanishing point” and these were the inspirations I found:

Pretty sci-fi, right? I know it’s some kind of amusement park ride, but it’s still fascinating, and the green glow gives it a sense of unreality. What if the green stuff were alive, some kind of bioluminescent growth on the inside of the tunnels, put there on purpose and fed carefully? Whose job would it be to put it there, to see to the upkeep, to feed it? And why is it there to begin with–have humanity been driven underground by nuclear winter or some other disaster?

What gets me here is the juxtaposition of the gritty back-alley with the clean, sleek new construction. It makes me think of some kind of slightly futuristic world, and how the old things would still be there, but the new things would be there too. How would the two merge? How would they conflict one another? What old things are dropped, and what old things are kept? Are people resistant to change?

This picture has a real feeling anonymity to it. Every room is the same–how would you know what was going on in a room just by the door? It reminds me of looking for room parties at various conventions and not being able to tell, most of the time, by the door whether there was a party in there or not. You had to knock; you had to get a peek on the inside to get a real sense of what was going on. I wonder what my characters would find in these rooms, if they were brave enough to knock? Or if they’re already in there, and someone else is coming a-knocking?

I love double exposures, and I love motion-blurring. Back when I had a non-digital camera, I made a point to do at least one double exposure per roll of film, because it was just such a fun thing. This one I think is more of a motion-blur than a double exposure but it achieves much the same effect: images pressed on top of one another, not quite lining up.

Is this a ghost? A person? What’s wrong with them, if anything? Why are they in a place (a house? it seems more like a school/asylum/other public building than a house, due to the height of the windows) that is falling apart, as this one is?

And then: what caused the walls to crack in like that on one side, but not the other? And all of the water draining? The result of a spell gone bad, or erosion from nature? So many different possibilities.

Despite the light and the extra-tall ceilings, this picture has a very oppressive feel to it; you would not have liked living inside the walls of this complex. But what kind of complex was it? The caption tells us, but let’s disregard that; let’s let our imaginations run wild. What kind of person would you become, if this was the environment you were raised in? Why would anyone raise children here? Were they forced to, kept imprisoned by an outside force, possibly some kind of dystopian government?

What an exhilarating feeling, being up at the top of the cliffs and looking down at the world below you! But why is the one girl (?) looking at the camera instead of out at the wonders before her? The body language in this photo is interesting as hell, which is what earned this photo a spot here. There’s so many things that could be causing the body language, too–I love it!

This photo really reminds me how fragile the things that humans build are. In just a matter of years, less time than it takes for a child to go through school, it can all come crashing down if the circumstances are right–or wrong. What would it be like looking at the world in the aftermath of destruction?

And that’s it for this week.

Seems like my mind is running toward post-apocalyptic/dystopian stuff today! I don’t think this is a bad thing :)

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