Never Be Scared Of A Photographic Challenge
The shots for today’s post were all taken at a single spot, the historic Sandridge Bridge that joins the north and south banks of the Yarra River. This was initially the site of a timber bridge but by the late 1980s it was derelict and its future was the subject of lively debate.
In 2006, just before Melbourne hosted the Commonwealth Games, it was re-opened as a pedestrian footbridge, cutting diagonally across the river. A series of unique giant figures that move across the bridge and back each day; as well as a set of towering glass panels pay tribute to Melbourne’s multicultural past.
The significance of the figures, and the migrant spirit they evoke, was detailed in my photo essay Action Figures.
Because the bridge is painted in the distinctive hues of gun-metal grey and vivid yellow, I made my way there on a recent morning. My self-imposed challenge was to shoot a quick series of images for this post in a) less than five minutes and b) to do so in just a single crossing of the bridge.
This first shot was taken at the southern end of the bridge, where I was looking for an unusual angle and noticed that someone had wedged a green milk crate between the metal sections. Naturally, I had to take the shot not just because of the unusual object, but also because it gave me an extra colour and a bit more structure in the frame.
I was walking across the bridge at parade ground speed when I noticed the end of this chrome handrail. There was a pedestrian walking towards me, so I had to compose the shot and hit the trigger very quickly, or else he would have walked into the frame.
As for this view, I have absolutely no idea what the original purpose of these circular devices was. Maybe there’s an experienced engineer out there who can explain what they’re for. Certainly, it’s part of the original structure of the bridge, and they are placed at regular intervals, so I guess they served some long-forgotten purpose.
Right now, they’re simply an intriguing shape, size – and colour, of course.
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