Thursday, August 30, 2012
I am not a photographer by any means. But I do keep an open eye and look for juxtapositions in life that need to be captured on film.
I came across this the other day while walking my dog home from The Boneyard, Culver City's not-so-cleverly named dog park.
It's less of a park and more of a big empty sandpit where dogs can overheat themselves chasing skanky chewed up tennis balls. Mark territory. And then slobber and hump each other in an effort to establish dominance.
All while their owners are distracted, playing Scrabble on their iPhone.
On the right side of the photo, you can see a large sign declaring: Putting America to Work. Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
It's only a little ironic that the sign is sitting in a trash heap by the side of the road.
But even more telling is the red sign on the left, which reads:
Do Not Follow
I know the orange-vested men were not making an intentional political statement, but the placement of these two signs in such close proximity perfectly summarizes the unstable state of the American economy.
And on second thought, the behavior of the dogs inside the Boneyard is the perfect metaphor for what goes on inside the halls of the Capitol building.