Thursday, July 03, 2008

Grey Anatomy

Yes, There Is Grace In Any View

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Why did I take this shot? I'll explain in a minute - but mainly this caught my eye because of the many different shapes. Straight lines? Check. Arcs? Check. Semi-circles? Check. Angles? Check. Scrolls? Check. A triangle? Check. I guess it's not often you get all that - and a monochrome to boot - in one frame.

A few days ago, I was just shooting some random scenes across the Sandridge Bridge. I was on the bridge for less than five minutes, but in that time, in a typically Melbourne way, the light kept changing whimsically. There was scattered cloud, so the conditions kept alternating between dull and bright, without any apparent warning.

As the clouds scudded across the horizon, the sun shone brightly as I stood admiring this bollard on the bridge. I’m not an architect, so I have no idea if this structure serves a decorative purpose or if it has a particular function. What I can tell you is that when the light was at its strongest, I was quickly compelled to pick up my camera and shoot the strong shapes.

20 comments:

Hilary said...

Yup.. I'm convinced that I don't "see" enough, even when I have my camera at hand. I'm so impressed with your ability to find that sort of beauty all around you.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

You have a marvelous eye, David. I feel like I have been to (a great) photography school every time I study one of your wonderful photos and read the accompanying narrative. Thanks.

Kappa no He said...

Isn't it funny, I usually search for diffused light, rainy/cloudy days. But you've just proven that sharp light is beautiful too!

I have an aunt name Pat and she lives in Arkansas and stamps (I think). I wonder...

GoneBackSouth said...

Those little domes at the bottom look like soldiers marching through a river.

Merisi said...

Another lesson in observation skills. Beautiful. Thank you! :-)

Kimberly said...

Love this shot!

Even though I did not love highschool geometry so much, and this brought back a bad memory or two!

Insane Mama said...

You may not be an architect, but you sure catch some great photos and the lines are very cool in a lot of your photos!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Looks like an alien landscape in many ways.

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

It pleases me to see architecturally interesting details in unexpected places. You were quick with that camera!

Mississippi Songbird said...

You have a neat blog. you are an excellent photograpger. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Have a great weekend!

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" is buried deeper than his cowbell in a work project for the next several weeks. He will stop and visit, but may not stay long enough to 'sign the guest registry'.

holly said...

i *am* an architect(*) and i can tell you that it *does* have a purpose. they are little tiny speedbumps for the critters who may run across it too quickly.



(*)=i may not actually be an architect

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Thanks, David. Now my eyes will be seeing rivets (ABC X) and bridge parts. One day I might even wake up and see it all the way you seem to. ;-)

katherine. said...

I so enjoy the way you see things....

Gypsy at heart said...

I enjoyed your photo and especially with the explanation.

Your comment on my blog was toooo funny. Wish I had thought of it first....LOL

Cheffie-Mom said...

Amazing how you find beauty everywhere!

P.S. Chocolate mousse- sure!!

Maggie May said...

Amazing what art is to be found in anything, really. Trouble is...... I don't always see it!

Jo Beaufoix said...

That is stunning David. We miss so much of the beauty around us don't we? I mean, somebody designed hat to look pleasing as well as being practical. Lovely.

Old Wom Tigley said...

This picture is 'Riveting' ;O)

Daryl said...

Actually Holly is correct, there is an actual reason for those bumps but it has nada to do with critters ... oh no ... it has to do with water ... just .. they work like little dams and redirect the water so it doesnt pool up and cause the bridge to topple over ... yup, that's the reason...

:-Daryl