Photoshop Houston: GMC Decides Houston Would Look Better on the Water

Categories: Spaced City

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GMC, I have no doubt, sells a ton of trucks in Texas. For auto makers, Texas is perhaps the number one reason to make trucks in the first place. So, naturally, when advertising trucks and SUVs, it makes sense to include some iconic Texas landscapes in images even for national campaigns. And the Houston skyline is the best in Texas, one of the finest in the country. Using it to sell trucks just makes good horse sense, as my grandfather used to say.

So, on one hand, I can't help applauding them for using an image of our city in an ad. What does weird me out just a hair, however, is where they put the skyline. Instead of just using a wonderful photo of the city, they decided Houston wasn't quite close enough to the coast, so they created this...

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Look at that amazing skyline...right next to the water? Yes, that is a dude with a boat in the foreground and he's putting it into the bay (or Lake Michigan?) right in front of the city of Houston. Perhaps GMC is so concerned with global warming that it presents this image as a cautionary tale of what might happen with the rise of sea levels in our oceans. Maybe it believes Buffalo Bayou is an appropriate place to launch a power boat. And it's difficult to tell if the bridge to the right is just an elevated roadway along the shore or, wait, could they have turned Houston into an island?

I know that the Allen Brothers used their own photo trickery to entice some of the first settlers to Houston. Of course, they just made illustrations that looked like Germany's Rhine River Valley, complete with lush tree-lined mountains alongside a beautiful meandering river. Of course, the river was a bayou and the mountains were swampland, but, you know, artistic license.

I admit the thought of Houston right on the water is appealing, but Houston isn't San Francisco or San Diego or even New York or Chicago. We don't have the visual advantages those cities have thanks to geography. But we don't need a car company trying to help us look cool. We ARE cool. You should know that, GMC. You sell enough trucks here as it is.

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Marissa L Jenkins
Marissa L Jenkins

We need a body of water for an Entertainment complex to build next to and attract conventions and visitors to our City...alas not happening.

John Kim
John Kim

it would be so much nicer if they took out the truck.

Jeff Turner
Jeff Turner

I guess we should feel honored that they wanted to use our city as a backdrop.

Ricardo Moya
Ricardo Moya

I've seen Buffalo Bayou get pretty dang full but it didn't look that pretty.

Kelly Leng
Kelly Leng

That would be the sea of houston traffic.

Cathi Walsh
Cathi Walsh

Kind of a hybrid Houston Austin look

Trish Longoria
Trish Longoria

Background looks like when TS Alicia paid is a visit and Buffalo Bayou went over its banks... Still not relevant for the ad ;)

cepage
cepage

I think it's aight. Rip down the Astrodome, dig a hole, fill with water.

Boom! Now Reliant is a waterfront stadium.

MadMac
MadMac

Dude! You should plan-file that shiggidy or some buster's gonna rip you off.

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