24 June 2013
Let me know which you prefer and why.
Gracie (http://graciebinoya.com), Polly (http://watchingthephotoreels.com) and I began the iPhoneography Monday Challenge in February. Recently, we had a re-launch that made the challenge open to everyone who uses their Smartphones as their lens–exclusively, experimentally, frequently, occasionally, or back-up. Check here for that post. If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. Please use the current badge until a new one is created.
Because architectural features astound my sensibilities, I scout for buildings and constructions that honor light and shadow as well as aesthetics and design.
Old or new, the story that each conveys is what captures my attention. So I’m always on the hunt for their staggering allure.
Lately, I’ve been drawn to bridges. They broadly represent the past, present and future: the very ingenuity that the human animal creates within our history, and that which is yet to be.
“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” — Winnie the Pooh
I’m easily swayed by the sight of a bridge. These human-made structures fill my mind with questions that circle around their very existence. That they can stand and do their duties, confounds me.
Long before “we” placed our designs across creeks and rivers, Mother Nature bestowed her magic. During many visits to the Southwest I witnessed countless natural wonders that bridge the landscape and influence human creativity.
Whether they are arch, beam, cantilever, or suspension, bridges dot our universe. They provide chances for discovery and fulfillment. They give meaning to adventure and bold moves. They also momentarily satisfy the explorer, who is never really satiated.
On a recent photo shoot I rediscovered the bridge that reaches across the Brandywine River at the Brandywine Park. It is a stunning specimen of human innovation. I was locked into its charm for hours.
In the Lens section are three photographs taken with my iPhone 4s. My Nikon DSLR accompanied the shoot, and I’ll post those another time. This bridge is exemplary of visual features that: honor the natural surroundings, treasure simplistic design, build suspense, give meaning to public architecture, and boldly withstand years of use. Mostly, these monuments never let me down.
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Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. The following is a reminder of the weekly schedule and themes for upcoming challenges.
1st Monday: Nature
2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black-and-White
4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).