Friday, 17 September 2004
Sharing The Wealth Over The Web
CREDIT: © Andy Bannister/LakeDistrictDesktops.com
WHERE: Watendlath, Cumbria, England. WHAT: classic Lakeland view.
MAP: Watendlath. Thumbnail pops-up larger image.
We read recently that Glasgow's Kingston Bridge over the River Clyde in Scotland carries more vehicle movements than any other bridge in Europe. Such statistics always send us spinning into conjecture for several days, and when we saw this picture we began to wonder if this might be the most photographed bridge in Europe, or even in the world possibly. This is Ashness Bridge in the English Lake District, a classic Lakeland view point since photography's early day.
High above the main valley of Borrowdale, which contains the lake of Derwentwater that you may see in the picture, ten thousand years ago a glacier in the last Ice Age cut a hanging valley. This bridge is on the road from the valley floor to the hanging valley hamlet of Watendlath, which lies beside a tarn (a small lake — the word is of Norse derivation, meaning tear) of the same name. This view has been used on countless local products, calendar pictures, and company logotypes. Familiarity, it seems, can sometimes breed admiration and respectful imitation.
Andy Bannister's work, from his LakeDistrictDesktops.com web site, has appeared here in earlier features. Andy obviously enjoys walking and photographing in Lakeland, despite the long journey northwards from his home. In turn he shares that joy, and if you visit his web site you may download one of his 180 images to use as desktop wallpaper. There is no charge, and no catch. It is just generosity of spirit from someone who shares the wealth. Cast your bread upon the waters…
Today's feature was going to be from a site where the work is also of the finest quality, and the methods used to obtain the images were of compelling interest: however, every image we viewed at the larger size was defaced by a copyright symbol and the photographers name. Defaced means a notice slap across the middle in heavy black type, so that there was no enjoyment for the visitor. We understand that there are sometimes commercial or intellectual rights issues that make such a step necessary. On this occasion we searched in vain for any indications of such issues. Like other forms of mindless, purposeless vandalism, why?
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)