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photoblog image The Blue Bridge

The Blue Bridge

Cleveland, Ohio, has probably more bridges than any other North American city I've been to -- at least for its size. This bridge near the "East Flats" caught my eye because of its rich rusty reds and old faded and peeled, but still rich, blues. I also liked the ovals in the metal, the circular shape seemed to offset the liniar and rectangular feel. I think you will find that the lack of perfectly straight horizontals and verticals adds some visual complexity to the shot as well, thus making it more interesting to look at.

I know many will find this shot boring and that will make me sad!  I am interested by cities, and their infrastructure, be they clean, dirty, old or new, and I try to bring this out in my photogrpahy. The urban environments around us must also engage us and force us to ask questions about the form and function of the elements which they are comprised of.  For the most part this is an ordinary but old bridge -- people will pass by every day without ever looking at it in much detail. I hope that by posting photos like this, as I will from time to time, people will see that it is more than just some rusty metal, and that it really can be very interesting. Think of it as a grandparent with ever so many stories to tell and with a fresh coat of paint, it will be quite stunning.

For Visual Vault and Matt - The trees are coming tomorrow. To everyone else, you'll just be bored, check back the day after ;)

The Blue Bridge

Cleveland, Ohio, has probably more bridges than any other North American city I've been to -- at least for its size. This bridge near the "East Flats" caught my eye because of its rich rusty reds and old faded and peeled, but still rich, blues. I also liked the ovals in the metal, the circular shape seemed to offset the liniar and rectangular feel. I think you will find that the lack of perfectly straight horizontals and verticals adds some visual complexity to the shot as well, thus making it more interesting to look at.

I know many will find this shot boring and that will make me sad!  I am interested by cities, and their infrastructure, be they clean, dirty, old or new, and I try to bring this out in my photogrpahy. The urban environments around us must also engage us and force us to ask questions about the form and function of the elements which they are comprised of.  For the most part this is an ordinary but old bridge -- people will pass by every day without ever looking at it in much detail. I hope that by posting photos like this, as I will from time to time, people will see that it is more than just some rusty metal, and that it really can be very interesting. Think of it as a grandparent with ever so many stories to tell and with a fresh coat of paint, it will be quite stunning.

For Visual Vault and Matt - The trees are coming tomorrow. To everyone else, you'll just be bored, check back the day after ;)

comments (4)

Interesting and thought provoking. I particularly like the patterns formed by the rust and chipped paint. I think they would make for some interesting closeups. But as the bridge is in cleveland and you're in toronto I guess we'll have to settle for trees. I really do enjoy your work. Keep it up.
there's something awkward about looking about looking at this shot. maybe that's what makes it interesting.
Nice. Liking it.
I do have some shots quite like this. Might consider putting them up.
  • timmybomb
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • 26 Jun 2006, 19:23
I'm glad you posted this photo. I think stuff like this makes for a great subject. We all take photos of landscapes and flowers and crap, but finding the interesting stuff that surrounds us everyday is often more exciting.

I found you through Deji's site, glad I did.

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