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Stevenson Bridge Revisited

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 30 October 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Solano County - California - along the southern edge of the Sacramento Valley

Here is our graffiti-covered bridge that we've visited before. But driving along here last week - the light was so beautiful. So, another look at this 'tagger's heaven' and a few more images into the sunset...

First of a series...

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Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

I love the low view point looking along the road !!

30 Oct 2009 6:59am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Long road ahead so splash it with this Stephen!

30 Oct 2009 10:46am

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Nice perspective. I wish they would keep their paint to themselves!

30 Oct 2009 2:20pm

@Betty: Hi there, Betty - always nice to hear from you and thanks. I'm uncertain of the wisdom of my words here - I do support a lawful society - and that said - I find appreciation for what's evolved here. There are dozens of these old bridges throughout this area. But none of the other small spans have been tagged with graffiti - just this one. It seems to be a kind of truce. A youthful, tribal - 'we will party here and express our rebellious side - and if you'll look the other way - we'll respect the remainder of our lovely domain'.

It is far from perfect. Hundreds of spent beer cans and alcohol bottles - along with discarded chips bags - litter the banks along Putah Creek - below. This is a full fledged party site. My solution would be to provide a 55 gallon trash receptacle and form a volunteer group at the nearest high school to go out and clean the area a couple of times a month. Better still if the kids could organize this themselves.

It may not even require that. The graffiti was far fresher and vibrant when I visited the spot in spring. This suggests this may be a graduation - rites-of-passage ceremonial site - receiving little attention the rest of the year. One thing is certain. The current taggings are in far better shape than the yellow stripe along the highway.

And Happy Halloween!

Pepe Cabrera from Philippines

Looks like a badly beaten street! I love the details.

30 Oct 2009 3:07pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

That old road has seen better days,but I doubt its been better photographed, nice one Sephen.

30 Oct 2009 4:17pm

@Jeff: Thank, Jeff - greatly appreciated.

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good view point, well taken

30 Oct 2009 7:02pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

the light is wonderful and I like your view up towards the bridge......your description to Betty sounds like an anthropology textbook!!!

30 Oct 2009 8:10pm

@Chris: Thank you, Chris - much appreciated. There's more to follow...

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Lovely composition...great depth and detail!

30 Oct 2009 9:43pm

Cricket-StandingStill from United States

Great image Stephen. I've been taking many scenic drives lately, and I am finding the same thing occurring on the older bridges.

This is a great shot. Right down the middle...and perfect.

30 Oct 2009 9:57pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I like this. We might as well get used to the grafitti, it's not going to go away anytime soon.

31 Oct 2009 12:20am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I suppose the vandals who defaced with their pocket knives were the original taggers. best...jerry

31 Oct 2009 2:12am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Looks like a great place for a drag race with that perspective that seems to go on for miles. I don't really like the graffiti but it appears to be a fact of life in many places. You image has an exciting depth, Stephen.

31 Oct 2009 2:37am

@Michael Skorulski: Hey, Michael - this road is narrow with many hazards just off-pavement. So, little room for error. Could be exciting. Good luck.

Michael from Shell village, United Kingdom

The urban art (?) looks out of place on this old rural bridge, maybe the city limits are expanding. Great low level shot providing an interesting view. Excellent record.

31 Oct 2009 4:04am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Great capture!

31 Oct 2009 4:16am