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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Seventy Seven: Communication on the go > The Coffee Place, New York City, New York, 2010
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15-JUL-2010

The Coffee Place, New York City, New York, 2010

I made this four-layer image from a distance, using a long lens to compress the layers together. In the close foreground, the curving roof of a black car creates a mysterious presence, its driver invisible behind tinted windows. The Coffee Place itself appears in a second foreground layer it is a fast food shop on wheels, bearing pictures of grilled breakfasts on its sides, with a window open to both sides. I caught a passing man talking on a cell phone within this window and made him my primary layer. He ignores the promise of a grilled breakfast to focus on other needs at the moment. The final layer is the blue peeling wall in the background, probably a wall around a construction site. Its primary color repeats the deeper blue that surrounds the advertisements on the Coffee Place.

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Phil Douglis08-Aug-2010 20:13
If it was not about a man on a cell phone, this image could have worked just as well in my Layers Gallery. It just keeps on going, and as we study it, we peel those like an onion until we got to the core. Thanks, Rose, for taking the time to do so.
sunlightpix08-Aug-2010 18:45
I like all the layers; it reminds me that communication can have many layers of meanings.
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