Bridges are so commonplace that not very many people will pause to appreciate their beauty. Yet, even a simple wooden bridge can hold as much charm as a majestic lighthouse. Whatever their type or size, bridges are a testament to man’s creative instinct and ingenuity.
The following, in no particular order, are the best of the photos submitted by photographers for this Marine Café Blog special feature. They have been selected on the basis of originality, composition, handling of liight, and overall impact.
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Foot bridge over creek in autumn; photo taken on a walking trail in Spaniards Bay, NL. Canada
© Paul Seymour
The sunlit foot bridge with its white and light grey structure stands out in this richly textured landscape. The composition is simple, the bridge serving to divide the picture into two sections, water and land. However, a closer look will reveal an amazing amount of details. Overall, It is a gorgeous photograph that evokes a feeling of warmth.
Pont Neuf, Paris
© Debora Magliaro Sanso
Like curtains in a theatre, the bare branches of trees seem to open to partially reveal the Pont Neuf, the oldest existing bridge across the Seine River. A bird flies above the water near the bridge as if to welcome the spectator. However, more than providing a glimpse of French history and architecture, the photograph makes a subtle statement. The trees in the foreground suggest nature’s cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They undergo change even as the Pont Neuf remains the way it was centuries ago.
Pont Marie, Paris
© Debora Magliaro Sanso
Ms Sanso’s fascination with geometric forms and lines is evident in the way she composed this picture. Four seagulls are standing on the embankment of the Seine River as though they were in front of a trapezoid-shaped theatre screen. A fifth gull is flapping its wings in flight. A short distance away, some figures can be seen crossing the centuries-old Pont Marie with two of its arches in prominent view. It looks like a cold and drab day, but one can sense from the photograph the stirrings of the city and its river.
Road bridge over the Rhymney River leading to the small village of Michaelston-y-Fedw in South Wales( near Cardiff )
© Darrall Slater
One is instantly drawn to the Arcadian atmosphere of Mr. Slater’s photograph. The scene is suggestive of the simplicity and contentment of countryside life. Dapples of light on the masonry bridge and the flowers in the foreground add to its charm. Mr Slater apparently feels a personal connection to the bridge: it is located just down from the cottage where his wife used to live.
Firth of Forth rail bridge, Scotland
© Eugene Rutter
Splendid composition and skillful handling of colour and light make Mr Rutter’s photograph quite remarkable. The shoreline forms an arch which matches the arch-like shape of the lower segment of the cantilever bridge (left side of picture). The viewer feels a sense of rhythm, of harmony between nature and the man-made structure.
New Firth of Forth road bridge, Scotland
© Eugene Rutter
Mr Rutter has created a stunning photograph. The suspender cables of the bridge gleam in the sunlight. The bridge is set against a blue sky with streaks of white clouds. Beneath the bridge is the river with a slightly darker shade of blue. It is a beautiful picture all around.
0ld Seven Mile Bridge — Florida Keys
© James Hesketh
Mr Hesketh’s photograph of the old, abandoned Seven Mile Bridge has an element of surprise. Two trees appear to have grown on the decking. Set against a twilight sky, they seem like sentinels guarding what used to be a bridge bustling with human traffic.
Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons, Maryland
© Teresa Gilbert
Ms Gilbert shuns the use of colour in favour of greyscale to depict the beauty of the bridge in its basic geometric shape. The pattern of the bridge columns is repeated in the row of pilings jutting out of the water. It calls to mind a music sheet with high and low notes. The addition of a horizontal spray of mist gives the photograph a dreamlike quality.
Toad Suck Dam bridge over the Arkansas River
© Kim Loftis
Mysterious and captivating, Ms Loftis’ photograph shows a masterful handling of light. The various elements of the picture — not least of them, the dam lights and the water reflection — stand out individually. Yet they all blend together to make up a picture greater than the sum of its parts.