Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Steel and Hot Sun

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If there's one thing that characterises all modern cities it's that they can't exist without the industrial systems that put them up, and the tower crane is probably the most recognisable of them all. Besides their mechanical fascination, they appear and disappear like mushrooms: one day there's a vacant block and it seems the next time you look the cranes have sprouted and begun their march skyward. Then one day they simply disappear again, leaving a new building in their wake. This was a simple telephoto shot from street level while I was waiting for a bus one Sunday morning at the beginning of February, 2008, on King William St, Adelaide, and the hot day with its hard blue sky framed the industrial interest of cranes, antenna complexes and high-rise buildings in a way that just begged to be photographed. Fuji FinePix S5600, optical zoom, automatic exposure. Image by Mike.

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