Blogger skinnywench has been posting some really interesting and inspiring photographs as part of her word a week photography challenge. The weekly theme comes from a word which 'falls' randomly from the dictionary.
Being realistic about the time it would take to trawl through photographs EVERY week on a particular theme I will do it once in a while because it is such a great idea and because it makes you look at some really old photographs in your library.
My first go at this saw the dictionary open at the 'me….s' There were of course several words from which to choose, but lets face it, matching photographs to 'metabolism' promised to be a bit of a chore! When my eye fell on 'metal' I knew I would have lots of choice, infrastructure, statues, transport modes, cutlery. What I failed to realize was just how many photographs there would be. Great fun though, so here's a brief trip around the world, with a very brief narrative.
One of the largest solar power plant in the world is nearing completion south west of phoenix, at Gila (pronounced heela) bend. Metal in abundance here.
Continuing the Scottish theme, this is a lock on the canal like no other.
Metal had to include transport modes so where better to start than the mother road, Route 66.
Some really cool cars to be seen at this teepee hotel stop in Holbrook
Just admire those rear wheel mud flaps.
Just plug it in….
Lovingly polished to within an inch of its life, seen in phoenix
Interesting piece of metal here. Post boxes could be painted gold if they were situated in a 2012 British gold medalist's home town. In this case Carl Hester the equestrian hails from Sark, a tiny island where the only transport is horsepower, tractor and bicycle.
The story behind this piece of metal is worth a name drop. Stieg Larsson, he of the girl with the dragon tattoo fame based the trilogy in Stockholm and the Swedish tourist board have been quick to latch on to the international success of the books.if you take the self guided tour you will probably visit spots in the city which you would otherwise have missed.
Route 66 again between the petrified forest and the painted desert.
Metal featured too often under the monument, statues and generic civic art work to include even a fair selection here.
The international Olympic organization based in Lausanne Switzerland is home to so many stunning pieces that all I can say is 'go visit'. If you don't like metal there are beautiful mountains and lakes!
Still in Switzerland, a quite unique installation.
Another 'metal' photo with a transport theme- taken in the narrow streets of Orta in northern Italy
Installation looking across the beautiful lake orta. While the crowds go to lake maggiore and como the discerning visitor should take in this understated 'jewel'.
Back across the 'pond' yet again – hope you are gathering the airmiles. This time to the south of France and the very photogenic and extremely metal city of Marseilles
The stunning reflections from the metal bridge on the edge of Roosevelt lake in Arizona bring me sadly to the last of my metals. Sad because I have not included so many worthy photographs. The decision on my last photograph was made for me when I recalled someone describing my artifacts as quirky- she also said they were fab.