Posts tagged ‘bridge’

March 29, 2014

Recross way

Nabbed going 80 kmh through Cape Town, this man is climbing a staircase to a bridge that goes back over the highway. You can purchase naming rights of the bridge if you like, which seems very American to me, and I was surprised to see this sort of money-grab in South Africa.

When I returned to the USA I met a man from Togo at a wedding. Upon asking where he was from and explaining where I’d returned from, he was quick to point out while simultaneously gesturing to the beautiful room in which were were standing, “This business. America business.” He said it with a massive smile, with this calm body language that suggested it was why he was here. “Africa,” he said with an even bigger smile, “Africa, life.” He held his head cocked sideways to allow me to let it sink in, but I was already thinking the same way.
Recross way
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October 21, 2013

Can a bridge be a door?

Can foliage be a wall? Can we put on our critical thinking caps?

Door There Somewhere
there’s a door there somewhere
hidden and overgrown
not the one you see
it’s a wall
but you know
there’s a door there somewhere
hidden and overgrown

Words NOT by me. Image by me.
Can a bridge be a door?
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June 13, 2013

The trees & the vines | A full year of blogging

As mentioned, this is officially the end of a calendar year of blogging in this space. Thanks to the leap year it required a 366th day, although I finished the 365-day-straight photo posting yesterday. I think it was a successful year with 271 people following neverphoto.com and 459 followers on Google+. If you’re not on G+, do it! This photo is a bit of a departure from what I normally do, and I’m not sure it is totally my style, but it is the end of a year. Might as well go out with something different.The trees & the vines
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June 2, 2013

On the snowy bridge

A while back I predicted there wouldn’t be a snow shot on this blog for a long, long time. Well, I just stumbled on this one from back in February and decided I should finally edit it into a finished product, so it arrives as we near summer. Sometimes it’s fun to go back and look at something completely out of place seasonally to realize where you’ve come from in recent months. This was that long ago!
On the snowy bridge
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May 31, 2013

Stairway to Wabash

The Chicagoan would look at this and say those buildings are on Wacker, but the stairs just up the way go ahead to Wabash before it crosses the river over the Wacker side. There’s this empty strip along the side of the Trump Tower that isn’t a very good space for taking photos. I’ve checked it out a few times and nothing’s ever materialized, but I do like stopping in my tracks and looking back where I’ve come from. In this case it’s a nice, jumbled view of The Loop area. I’m into strange lines and compositions, as though who visit here frequently have probably found out over time.
Stairway to Wabash
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May 8, 2013

The “Villains”

The best graffiti I’ve ever seen was in Paris – not just for the quality of the art, but for where it was left. Parisian graffiti artists seemed to stay away from the beautiful buildings and tried to “bomb” areas where some “decor” was more beneficial, or where a statement could be made. I realize many do not share my views on graffiti, but I like it. I think it enhances certain urban spaces when it’s done well.

“Villains” is my kind of graffiti. No, it’s not the best I’ve seen him do, but where and how it was placed on this bridge where anyone walking, driving or training over it could be labeled a villain was kind of awesome. But maybe he was going for something more. To me, it looked like a vibrant signature on a painting, as if the artist was signing off on everything as wrong. I like that sort of thing quite a lot. It was big and bold, and there’s a little security camera right next to the pickup truck, so he did this right in front of authority in a very open space. Did he intend this as the message? Was he calling out authority? That was my interpretation, anyway, that the entire city was the canvas, and “Villains” was the label or signature. As I was photographing an eccentric man walking past shouted at me. “Get it while you can, man,” he smiled. “Chicago graffiti doesn’t last long, not in a spot like that!” Surely I wasn’t the only one who noticed the art in this.

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April 24, 2013

A bridge into Gotham City

I watched Batman Begins tonight. It’s probably the tenth time I’ve seen it, I think it’s that good. In fact, I like it better than the more highly-acclaimed The Dark Knight. There are various considerations for that, but there’s only one reason I took this photo; it reminded me of the film. I never thought to add it to the blog, but I went looking for it after watching the movie and decided it works. Director Christopher Nolan got some criticism (mostly from New Yorkers) for choosing Chicago as Gotham. It’s got all the art deco and mix of old with new to get the job done. All you really need is dark and brooding, which you have here. I left it messy and dark for obvious reasons. Even the streaks of light off the bridge had me thinking of that famous spotlight.
A bridge into Gotham City
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February 4, 2013

Mopping the floor

This is the view from Ogilvie Transportation Center looking east through the second-floor bridge to Two North Riverside Plaza. Thousands of people cross over Canal Street in either direction each day, but most don’t know about it and head down to Madison Street to make the crossing instead. It doesn’t matter much, but the bridge does save you a traffic light half the time.

When I cross through here in the middle of the day the floor is glazed with this flat, scratchy dust from so many shoes scraping the hallway. When I return at night it is polished clean by this man in the shot. They have to wash it constantly otherwise it would probably end up ground to a pock-marked mess in less than half them time that you wear out a marble floor. I imagine it gets redundant wiping out the dust on a nightly basis. The man is stopped, locked into the glow of his smartphone with about half the job done. I guess he has all night.
Mopping the floor
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November 14, 2012

Fishermen at low tide

I remember thinking these guys looked like they were regulars out here, but they were fishing at the hottest part of the day with high sun. If I go back to my childhood fishing knowledge that would make this the worst time of the day to be out fishing. Fish would want to be in deeper water away from the heat and light.

But there they were, this man in the foreground and maybe a dozen other fisherman closer to the bridge and on it, looking for the next big catch. Maybe they felt the low tide meant bigger fish would get trapped and be easier to catch. Maybe this was a bit of fun at lunch break. And come to think of it, photography isn’t quite the best mid-day either.
Fishermen at low tide
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September 9, 2012

Amsterdam canal remix

UPDATE: Inspiration – I finally got around to posting some things I’ve just discovered or had almost forgotten about on my Inspiration page. Please take a look. I hope you love something there.

A few days in Amsterdam produced many empty skies. It remained light gray and vacant the entire time. The overcast was like an extra wall to an ultra-walled city. Everything here is up-close and narrow due to all of the old architecture and waterways. Sightlines crash into one another and destroy patterns, so finding an angle is more rare than in many places. After hunting for photos for 48 hours, this widening in the canal gave me just enough room to feel like I could relax into the space. Sometimes I need to feel that way in order to allow a photo to properly happen. This was taken with my point-and-shoot.
Amsterdam canal remix
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