Thursday, March 05, 2009

Sepia Scenes #20: Escape From New York


"Escape From New York"
Somewhere between NY and NJ (I think) Queensboro Bridge? Tappan Zee Bridge - August 2005 (Click to embiggen)

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I'm pretty sure this bridge spans the river between New York and New Jersey, but it's been so long that I honestly can't remember for certain. But the noise from the scan and the overall scene made it a great candidate for conversion to sepia.

Update: Some of my more readers more knowledgeable about the NYC area and its bridges have informed me that this is in fact the Queensboro Bridge. Which in an almost spooky case of synchronicity is the very same subject of the photo in Mary the Teach's post for this week's Sepia Scenes. However, after noting the location of the Queensboro Bridge (59th Street in Manhattan) I knew this couldn't be it. See, we were never in the city itself, we skirted it to the west. But I did remember us crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge just north of the city, which employs the same cantilever design as the Queensboro. And after looking it up, I can say with some confidence that this is the Tappan Zee Bridge. There's a small lighthouse on the Hudson River that I also have a shot of that appears in Wikipedia's article on the Tappan Zee and since it is only one frame before this shot on the roll (yes, this was shot on film) I feel pretty sure I've finally got the right bridge. Whatever. It still makes good sepia!Violence Unsilenced


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19 comments:

Daryl said...

It doesnt connect NY and NJ .. maybe Manhattan and ... Queens or the Bronx .. but the only bridge connecting NY and NJ is the George Washington Bridge and that is not it.

Actually it looks like the Willis Avenue Bridge which connects Manhattan to the Upper Northeastern Bronx

Carmi said...

Queensboro Bridge. also known as the Blackwells Island Bridge. More derisively called one of the most overbuilt, over-engineered monstrosities to ever cross an American waterway.

I got to drive over it a couple of years back on my way to the airport. It was such a delight...you almost feel as if you're inside this thing.

maryt/theteach said...

Yikes, Mojo! We've posted the same bridge without consultation or anything. It is indeed the 59th St. or Queensboro bridge! Spooooooky! :) It connects New York City (Manhattan) and Queens (Long Island City)!

Patti said...

That is spooky. You guys were on the same wave length this week.
SepiaSpooky ;-)

Annie said...

It's all bridge Greek to me but it sure is a cool bridge. The synchronicity with Mary is unbelievable.

Lo said...

A lovely photo with wonderful geometric elements.

ilanadavita said...

So, like Mary, you've chosen to show a steel structure. Wonderful in sepia.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

You could call it by just about any nae I'd never know if you are correct or wrong, tee hee.

Lovely lines in this one, Mojo.

Ralph said...

It almost looks like you and Mary have been comparing notes...

The substance of this early 20th century bridge is that it seems heavy, but the cantilever crossing appears slightly delicate in many of its individual details. It has its own look, a unique landmark!

marLou said...

Another bridge pix! Looks like a vintage photo. Also beautifully done!

ROSIDAH said...

What a coincidence or good friend connection to pick the same theme :)? I love both photos.

PJ said...

What are the chances that you and Mary would post the same subject matter. Pretty good from what I've seen on the Blogosphere. Really cool shot, Mojo. It looks old and wizened.

My name is Jeri said...

Very cool pic, it does have a vintage look to it.

Shinade said...

I didn't play this week but I had to drop by and see!!

Also I do believe you visited my WW today I am no longer sure.

I had 12 comments checked to publish and then I came across one that was spam. without thinking the others were already checked....I hit the reject button.

Well zipppppp I lost them all. now I have no clue who visited!!

Great shot...I have been across this bridge many times with my hubby in his big rig.

Happy Wednesday night..almost Thursday!:-)

Shadow said...

wow, looks like a meccano model

Robin said...

The TZ? Are you sure? I grew up about 20 minutes away and have probably crossed it hundreds of times and this just doesn't give me that lightbulb moment. I may just have never looked up at the structure at just the right time I suppose, but what always struck me about the Tappan Zee is the way the long low portion of the bridge flows into the higher more traditional superstructure. Having checked with Google Images now though, this could be the TZ, the photos I saw show steelwork much denser than what I remember. Of course I mainly saw it from either a car or a small boat, so with a different perspective.

Hmmm...

Whatever it is, it does work very well in sepia.

Dirk said...

Seems an interesting bridge for the photografing bloggers :-) Great shot!

Carletta said...

Seems to be confusion over which bridge but it nevertheless is wonderfully rendered in Sepia! I like the feel the 'noise' gave to the image.
As I notice the(hello)lamppost in your image maybe this is the bridge Simon and Garfunkel were thinking about after all. :)

My Sepia post is on my photoblog: Carletta’s Captures.

Babooshka said...

I think we can safely say I'd love to photograph this. Works so well in sepia and not everything does.