I like the last one :) but generally I avoid the fetishisation of ugliness in my artistic tastes unless there is an undertone of anger that we have to live this way and reinforce the ugliness.
But I don't see any of these as ugly.
I love random (or apparently random) juxtapositions. Take another look at all the texts in #2- and how they bounce off one another. That lorry sliding into view was a gift. I didn't notice it (and what it said) until I checked the picture afterwards.
:::looks again::: I like the lorry! good touch.
I still tend to have subjective standards about beauty though. This is not a reflection on the quality of your pictures, which are great - it is my preferred aesthetic sensitivity. Examples here: http://ideealisme.livejournal.com/125912.html#cutid1
(I'm rubbish at photography but the scenery was a gift!)
That picture with the rainbow is particularly lovely.
I do conventionally "beautiful" subjects too. My aim (my conscious aim, anyway) is always to try and capture the particularity of a place or a view or an object in the landscape.
And if there's a certain ambiguity or oddity in the subject, so much the better.
:::nods:: I understand.
Perhaps my feelings are coloured by the aesthetic damage wreaked on my country by venal greed at its most unchecked. (I would use a stronger word than "damage" but I fear causing offence.) That makes me more likely to go for utopian pictures!
Thank you. The graffiti and the text on the side of the truck: the world is made of words.
There are poems everywhere.
Love the textures in these photos too. There's some great contrast.
I see ugliness in #3 and #4, as I do in my own city. I miss the aesthetic value that you seem to appreciate. Maybe I am blind? I do get the interesting justaposition of the text in #2, though.
I see #3 as an abstract composition. Or- alternatively- as two spaceships heading away from the moon. It comes down to liking the shapes- and the way they relate to one another.
#4 is a declaration of love. "and on the 7th day Said was created". In my book that's beautiful :)
You see the glass as half-full, obviously. Wish I could do that with my city. However, here it used to be almost full, and I have been watching it getting emptier and emptier as times passes.
"food booze and news"--!!!!
A typical "corner shop"- though this one isn't actually on the corner.