Corporate America: Kentucky Fried Chicken ƒ/3.5, 1/125 s, 100 ISO

A Kentucky Fried Chicken box sitting in a doorway in some alley in Montreal. Sam and I were on our way somewhere and I spotted this scene and took a photo. I am quite happy with the result. I did end up cropping this one a bit on the bottom. There were these three streaks of light that were totally blown out and really distracted from the darkness of the rest of the shot. I think it works quite well this way.

Generally speaking, this photograph sums up my feelings about corporate America: most of it is trash. What I mean by that is that since big business has taken over, the quality of many products considerably gone down. Because these businesses have the money to advertise and to undercut their competition, more people tend to patronize them than the hometown businesses. As a result, it is increasingly difficult to make it as a business owner, leaving the big businesses free range to lower quality and raise prices. I don’t know much about KFC’s business practices, and I definitely love their spork, but I don’t care too much for their food. Even though I find this photograph itself to be beautiful, the subject matter is trash. And, that’s why I joined the local food co-op this week. They have customer service and great products and it makes my day brighter every time I go there.

But on the other side of things, we maybe wouldn’t have some of the things that we do without the big businesses…

Yesterday, I wrote a Pepper (read: extension) for the new, popular web statistics program, Mint. It is designed to give the user some information on their comments in Pixelpost. If you use Pixelpost and have purchased a copy of Mint, check it out and let me know what you think.

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  1. Lovely photo – full of tone – and a great picture description

  2. 1. Hey, these colors are gorgeous, you did an exceptional job with this image.

    2. I share your frustration with corporate america’s tendency to homogenize most of the planet into a junk heap of cheap commodities. Our local businesses are being gentrified at an incredible rate and I’m glad to hear others are equally pissed off about it. I’ve got a few shots along the same lines myself and since I’m heading back to the US after 5 years abroad I’m sure I’ll have more to come. Plus I love the commentary, keep it up…

    3. I’m using your Pepper, it’s great to have the comment list next to my stats, well done sir.