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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 4 October 2007 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

I love the thought and care that the Victorian engineers put into the the design of this old railway support column in Manchester. I think it dates back to the 1870s which is when the nearby station was built.

Following on from Monday's shot I'm posting some photos over the next few days of the area of Manchester (UK) where the railway bridges at the edge of the city centre cross the 18th century Bridgewater Canal.

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Lea from Årslev, Denmark

Great titel for the picture - it is a very impossing column. Also a nice view "backstage" of a city - we all too rarely venture in there :D

4 Oct 2007 9:38am

@Lea: Thanks Lea - I'm pleased you liked it!

Sriram from Chennai, India

Lovely POV indeed! More aptly in B&W. Good work Ian and I liked your other recent images as well! Good job done!

4 Oct 2007 10:38am

@Sriram: Thank you very much Sriram!

Anne from White Rock, Canada

Really impressive structural support! Don't see anything like that brickwork either over here either! But I guess the West was settled long after Quebec and Eastern Canada, so they used what was to hand - Wood. There are still plenty of wooden trestle railway bridges over the rivers, through the Rockies! I love the way you keep your vertical lines in the architecture parallel. It really bugs me when I see houses etc. with wide angle distortion that could be corrected! :-)

4 Oct 2007 11:33am

@Anne: Hi Anne! - I have mixed feelings about this kind of urban delapidation shot. I really love the architecture and the drama of the space but its not exactly warm and cuddly is it!
I can only take so much and then I need to do some colour photos - its getting harder to find good colour though as we start heading into Winter here in Manchester - its grey and overcast for most of the time now.

Shutterbug from Chennai, India

Could've been out of a dickens novel! Hard times...

4 Oct 2007 12:11pm

@Shutterbug: The area is very much like that in reality shutterbug!

Rabbit from Richmond, United States

A delicious shot with GREAT tones! mmm - i like the composition with the one side of the photo leading down that pathway to the gate and the other side a column. I will soon have to take my pottery on an adventure to such ruins or places people have forgotten about & take some captures such as this. Thank you for your inspiration. - and its quite a pleasure that you stop by and visit my page where my photography is a completely different style to yours (i think i will continue to write my feelings in my post tomorrow)

4 Oct 2007 12:13pm

@Rabbit: Hi Rabbit - its always a real pleasure to look at the pots and photos on your blog. Its a great idea to take some of the pots out into the natural landscape for a photoshoot. Alternatively, if there is a special bit of landscape that you like it would be great to design a pot with that as inspiration and then photograph it in that spot using the new pinhole camera.

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very good image The perspective and the tones are great

4 Oct 2007 1:58pm

@yiannis krikis: Thanks Yiannis - I'm really pleased that you like it!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

That is back when structures were more than merely functional. They still hold their beauty - even in that state. But I might be worried by that block of stone laying there. Were you carrying an umbrella?

4 Oct 2007 2:43pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael!
An umbrella to keep off the blocks of falling stone you mean? :-)

khorshid from tehran, Iran

Cool shot
well done!

4 Oct 2007 4:00pm

@khorshid: Thanks khorshid!

Rabbit from Richmond, United States

Oh i kiss you on your eye for such BRILLIANCE that you speak! Designing a pot after a landscape or scenery & then take the shot with the pinhole O-M-Goodness. Ideas are flying about like fireworks out me head. I've got to go write this stuff down...

4 Oct 2007 4:41pm

@Rabbit: It sounds really exciting!

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

Governments think they cannot afford
to build things with some design in them
anymore. The column is not only functional,
but beautiful, even in disrepair.

4 Oct 2007 4:46pm

@Seraphine: Yes its very sad that there is so much short term thought to design value in recent times.
In Manchester over the last 10 years, however, the city council have been really innovative in promoting new buildings by talented local and international architects.

badala from Leiria, Portugal

The B&W works pretty well.

4 Oct 2007 4:54pm

@badala: Thanks Badala!

Brian from United States

Spectacular! This is just superb! I love this kind of image--first-rate.

4 Oct 2007 5:38pm

@Brian: Thanks Brian - I'm pleased you liked it!

Nick Passantino from Bronx, United States

great gritty urban shot.. great eye as always.

4 Oct 2007 7:29pm

@Nick Passantino: Thanks Nick !

Bron from Canberra, Australia

Fabulous! I look forward to the next shots Ian

5 Oct 2007 1:04am

@Bron: thanks Bron!

FUJIFILM FinePix F31fd
1/90 second
ISO 400
8 mm