Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

The Guardians


November 8, 2020

Walking on the path along my neighborhood’s ring road this spring I began to notice the posts that hold up the guard rails on certain segments of the path. Finally, I couldn’t stand just walking past them and brought out my camera. Here are some results. The images between the long narrow ones are details of the preceding long narrow image.

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23 responses

  1. The Beatles had a song that could have been “The Long and Narrow View.” You’ve shown the format can be an effective one.

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    November 8, 2020 at 7:02 AM

    • Thank you, Steve. And thanks for reminding me of that almost-Beatles song.

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      November 8, 2020 at 11:22 AM

  2. I really like these…how many times have I walked past posts just like these and not noticed the possibilities! I like the long format too, especially #3 with the plate seeming to extend beyond the frame of the photo; it really adds depth to the image. Too cool! 🙂

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    November 8, 2020 at 8:46 AM

    • Thanks, Mic. It is so easy to miss so much and so much fun when you don’t. Glad you like the fancy cropping (and Photoshopping) in #3. If you like it, it must work.

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      November 8, 2020 at 11:24 AM

  3. Leslie Organ

    They are surprisingly varied and colorful lot. Glad you decided to photograph them.

    In a similar vein, if you can find it, I think you would enjoy a relatively new book titled Bark by Cedric Pollet…Wonderful color and texture.

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    November 8, 2020 at 9:48 AM

    • Thanks, Leslie. Having photographed some bark in my day, I probably would enjoy that book. I’ll look into it.

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      November 8, 2020 at 11:37 AM

  4. Wonderful series, Linda!

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    November 8, 2020 at 10:02 AM

  5. Anonymous

    Beautiful again. Love the lime green with the rust.

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    November 8, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    • Thank you, um, Patricia? I don’t know if the green in #s 6 and 7 is algae or the stuff (Wolman) used to treat wood to keep it from rotting. I guess I also don’t know if that’s the green you mean. The other green parts on the other guardians is most likely algae.

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      November 8, 2020 at 11:53 AM

  6. Jag

    This is just wonderful, great pictures Linda!

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    November 8, 2020 at 10:57 AM

  7. These are truly wonderful. A set of them would make for a great triptych on a wall, especially the long format. Coincidentally I was playing with the pano mode on my camera yesterday for some fallen leaves. I have yet to develop them but the format was fun to play with.

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    November 8, 2020 at 11:45 AM

    • Thank you, Mark. My camera doesn’t have a pano mode, but I used to stitch separate images together. I haven’t done that for a while. Thanks for inadvertently reminding me about it. I hope your pano of the fallen leaves turns out. Looking forward to seeing it on your blog.

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      November 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM

      • I also used to stitch some together but haven’t done it in awhile

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        November 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM

  8. Oh I love all of these pictures, Linda – 11 and 12 are extra special! 🙂

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    November 9, 2020 at 4:10 AM

    • Thank you, Adrian. I’m glad you like them. I think over time the guardians will change, and I may make more photos of them to add to the collection.

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      November 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM

  9. This is what happens when we are limited – creative impulses work on the problems of being limited and lead us to new, previously unimagined expressions. I like the quotidian pleasures here but I also appreciate how you worked out an interesting format, with the long, narrow rectangles and the close-ups alternating (and I’m glad you explained it). The metal parts hanging off the frame are fabulous in #3 & #6. #4 has a landscape feeling. The rust stains throughout the series are beautifully rendered – the green stuff, too (lichen or not, I’m not sure). This is just altogether excellent work. And the title is brilliant. 🙂

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    November 9, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    • Ah, Lynn. You warm my heart. Yes, that limited-pallette idea can force some good work. I’m especially glad that you like the parts hanging off the rectangle. It was that or chop them off (ouch!), and I couldn’t bear to do that, and I definitely didn’t want what was beyond the guardians to show. So I took a chance and did something unusual, at least for me.

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      November 10, 2020 at 4:43 PM

  10. I love these. Now we are restricted in our walks due to a second lockdown, I have similarly been paying attention to the wood grain and pattern on nearby park benches.

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    November 10, 2020 at 12:30 AM

  11. These are all very nice, Linda. A good eye like yours can find subjects most anywhere.

    Last year I did something similar which you inspired. 🙂 The first is one of several I photographed with your dumpster images in mind and I bet you can see in the second what you saw with these.

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    November 14, 2020 at 1:58 PM

    • Thanks, Steve., and thanks for the credit for inspiring your very nice rock photograph. Yes, your second photo could be a sibling of my guardians. Fun!

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      November 14, 2020 at 4:53 PM

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