Here’s yet another example of finding an older photo and seeing it in a different light for the first time. And this time this one has quickly turned into one of my all-time favorites. In color this shot was nice, but… meh. In black and white it popped, and I couldn’t stop staring at it… or should I say ‘staring INTO it’? That’s the key here, the image draws you in and you can’t help but look all the way down to the end, trying to look even farther. The combination of the starkness and simplicity of the black and white, the symmetry, along with the lines leading… pulling… you in is simply incredible. This will end up on my wall, somewhere.
This is the railroad bridge that leads to the Quaker Oats plan in downtown Cedar Rapids over the Cedar River. It is “unsecured”, as in no gates or barriers into the plant, but rumor has it that if you even set foot on the bridge as it heads over the water you will be greeted by a couple burly security guards from the other end, and will be not-so-kindly warned and escorted back to where you came from.
I also like how the plant and the sign itself peeks out from the side, providing context.
This was taken a few years ago one evening as part of another photo shoot sponsored by my photo club. Something that I probably never would have done on my own. An active and pro-active photo club can be an invaluable resource.