Tuesday, April 29, 2008

TELEPHONE WIRES

I've taken this image several times and each time I show someone they always ask the same questions. What country is that in, and what are they? When I tell them it's actually here, the Isle of Man, in fact the road along Ramsey Harbour Inlet, they always look at me bemused. They always assume it's an image from countries as diverse as North America to India, not a city, but a small town you pass through on the local bus.

They are just telephone wires, along Ramsey Harbour Inlet. Something we pass daily, use daily, and don't give a second thought to. Maybe I notice these parts of my town beacuse I am a photographer, just mooching for an innocuous object to capture. Maybe I'm just plain curious. I wonder then what do you notice in your hometown that goes without a second glance each day?

22 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I am sure they are telephone lines. Do you know how I can tell they are now electrical power lines? That is an interesting question.

Tanya said...

I can't tell the difference between telephone and electric lines.
Doing the CDP blog, it's fun to look at things differently now, things that I may have taken for granted before are suddenly worthy of a photo!

Olivier said...

où est le bon temps des signaux de feu ;o) on pouvait prendre des photos sans avoir des tonnes de fil électriques ;o).
Il y a un téléphone tout en haut, cela ne doit pas être facile pour répondre ;o)

where is the right time signals fire ;o) could take pictures without having tons of electrical wire ;o).
There is a phone at the top, this should not be easy to meet ;o)

Kitty said...

funny that you come back to take this image often. There must be something about it, the composition, or the fact that you get a bit of sky with it.
Nice!

kissa said...

We have in my village an old fashioned iron pump handle water pump by a wooden seat. People of all ages gather on the seat to chat and even lean on the pump I think without realising that it is an antiquity. How many of us look without seeing?!

Professor said...

This is awesome and I love the B&W... almost haunting!

Kelly said...

It reminds me of a musical staff. All it needs now are some birds sitting along it to act as "notes."

JC said...

Very nice! What I notice most, in my town and towns across America, are the outdoor trash cans within feet of most parking areas and entrance/exits of stores and malls, in all parks, etc. and then the trash/litter strewn about on the ground nearby... unfortunately.

Oh, there are plenty of good things to notice... they just aren't coming to mind at the moment ;-)

quintarantino said...

I can´t really say the are electrical lines or telephone lines, but I can tell I like the way you made something that is just there everyday seem so special in this black and white photo.

You know, we tend to forget that around us there are always beautiful things to be seen and ugly ones. And where we see a mess or nothing much, others might see smething unusual.

Last weekend I sent a norwegian friend a photo that I took Saturday morning from my balcony and said "not much of a view, quite a mess those houses ..." and she answered "fo you really think so? I see lots of colour and light!".

mirage2g said...

These wires are neatly done, if you visit the Philippines, you'd see what we call Octopus wirings....because there are so much, the wires have in themselves become abstract works of art with the sky as their background!

I saw some here (http://my_sarisari_store.typepad.com/) I just cant connect right now...I love the treatment you made with this photo!

iBlowfish said...

Funny you mentioned it, I haven't seen any poles down here in city, maybe because I am city dweller. But I saw some of the old houses in mid-town have those poles right behind their house.

laxeylass said...

Manx Telecom service them. The telephone at the top is a service engineer phone. Here in england they have underground cable. Are you photographing the L.B.F.?

Mo said...

A great look at something that can sometimes be so ugly and more of a blot on the landscape.

JACQUI said...

It doesn't look British. No birds today? If I am right it will be colour tomorrow? Striking
photograph.

Ken said...

What I like about photography is being able to look at ordinary everyday things and see the beauty in them.

Katney said...

Extraordinary images of ordinary things! I think that carrying my camera always with me opens my eyes. And digital opens it beyond what film did because of the cost. Even with film I took a lot of images on every trip, but did not carry the camera everywhere as I do now.

Southern Heart said...

Very nice photo...and you've made an everyday view become an art form. You definitely have the eye!

Louis la Vache said...

This photo took Louis on a journey down "Memory Lane" to the rural Texas Panhandle of the 1950s. It reminded him of the power lines on the road parallel to his grandfather's farm.

Lynette said...

I like this black and white photo. And I enjoyed browsing your recent posts.

raf said...

Excellent post, Babooshka. When driving or walking I often pause to look at what some might call ordinary trees. Different angles and distances and movement in their trunks and branches catch my eye. Yep, friends and family give me that stare.

Ackworth Born said...

Such a seemingly simple photo and yet it draws us. Oftenwe complain about wires getting in the way and spoiling photos - sometimes we edit them out, but sometimes they are the true focus.

ShutterSpy said...

Nice photo. I don't see what's so odd about them though :)

I just think the look nice and rural.

I wash I wasn't in Birmingham :(

:)

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