Talking ink: Low Gallery in Barrio Logan at a mid-summer show during ComicCon
by Reviewer Rob
I had both my Nikons hanging on my neck this night with the goal of playing around with their capabilities. The D5200 and D5300 were set on their fastest ISOs for a shoot at Meegan’s art gallery/performance venue Low. I’d come to see a couple of bands play, Lisa Carver’s Suckdog and The Vaginals (Vaginals sounded great, by the way). It had been a couple of years since I’d last seen Meegan and I noticed she’d gotten a couple of new tattoos.
Meegan Nolan is the stylish owner and proprietor of Low Gallery. She’s all about art — the appreciation as well as the business of it — and only now while ‘shopping this pic did it dawn on me that she was wearing a stylin’ cartoon t-shirt (is that the Tazmanian Devil?). Classic, it was, after all, the weekend of the famous San Diego International ComicCon. Yes as a fashionista Meegan is also a triple threat. On this night her shiny gold pants were amazing. But these classic-era style tattoos were what I really liked. The symbolic “Black Rose” is on her right forearm and a standing nude ‘a la Sailor Jerry adorns her left.
I shot this while the bands were setting up for the show and Meegan was standing against the back wall of the space. No flash was used, just ambient light, so it’s grainy. Like I said, I was pushing what the low light ability of the cameras could do. I think at 1/100th of a second it’s pretty decent. Photoshop brought out more contrast and color from the original RAW image.
Image file info:
Tamron lens 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD B008N
Focal Length 18mm (in 35mm: 27mm)
Exposure: 1/100 sec; f/3.5; ISO 12800; Manual; Pattern Metering
Flash: Did not fire
Look closely at the photo at the bottom of this page. It’s of the base of a Downtown San Diego street lamp in front of the federal courthouse building, next to Horton Plaza. Can you find the rolling swastikas, Waldo?
Most likely this example of fancy art deco public safety illumination was installed pre-1930’s. Today it would definitely be deemed not kosher.
The text below and the image at top are from a web page titled “Non-Nazi Swastikas — TV Tropes”:
The swastika is an ancient sun symbol, used in many cultures throughout history. If you see a swastika in a work – any work – made in the 1920s or earlier, the symbol has nothing to do with Nazi Germany.
It’s usually golden rather than black, often has arms pointing anti-clockwise in contrast to the clockwise Nazi swastika, and standing “straight”, with one cross-arm vertical and the other horizontal, rather than standing on one corner like the Nazi one. Usually, but far from always, there are lots of variants. See the Real Life examples below for more details.
Note on terminology:
Swastika is the modern English word for the symbol facing either direction (卍 or 卐), a loanword based on the Sanskrit word for the 卐 symbol, “svastika” (which also has some other meanings). For reference, the Sanskrit for 卍 is “sauvastika”.
Manji is the Japanese word for the counterclockwise version of the symbol (卍). Japanese also has a few different words for the clockwise version (卐), most of which translate along the lines of “reverse manji”. It comes from the Chinese character for either symbol, man (卍 or 卐)—”manji” means “man symbol/letter/character”.