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Ramp Demolition V - (long into the night)

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 15 September 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

It is almost 10 PM and they are still at it. Of course, so was I now that I think about it. It was time to make my way home - but these folks are nowhere near being through.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

sounds like a long day, cool shot

15 Sep 2010 5:18am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Really impressive....

15 Sep 2010 6:21am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

These machines remind big insects ready to waste this building in the narrow-minded only one. A beautiful photo of atmosphere

15 Sep 2010 6:29am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

after the transformers fought each other they've attacked humanity, but one brave man with nothing more than a camera in his hands will stop them and will save planet earth

15 Sep 2010 7:03am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

It must be pretty noisy and dusty living or working anywhere near this building site.I like your dedication to the story Stephen,capturing every detail at every hour of the day !!!

15 Sep 2010 8:01am

JPS from Le Havre, France

Scathing shot !!!

15 Sep 2010 8:08am

k@ from Paris, France

Impressive image, Stephen : the light, the demolition, the fence... We stop breathing a sec while looking at your image (at least, i did ;)

15 Sep 2010 9:05am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very interesting... 10pm and they're still working ! But I guess it's also easier for these man to work when there are less people around. Have a nice day Stephen :)

15 Sep 2010 12:18pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A fantastic image from many aspects Stephen.EAT job working with the variations in light. The pov is excellent, the story unfolds before our eyes - great composiotion. and yes, as noted above, your dedication deserves a medal..great job sir!!

15 Sep 2010 12:46pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

what a cool light and tones here. Looks so spooky !

15 Sep 2010 3:35pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Dynamic night action, and it looks as though they even hose water on it to keep the dust down, how very thoughtful!

15 Sep 2010 4:09pm

@Curly: They do. Two fellows with high-pressure hoses were going constantly. Though I never saw it - I'm guessing they must have switched these guys with some frequency as this would get tiring fairly quickly..

Sunder from Chennai, India

Nice night shot...Like the lighting..

15 Sep 2010 5:00pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This is eerie and beautiful.
I'm enjoying your series...so glad you are recording this demolition project.
It's fascinating to watch, wonderful to see new space (though soon to be filled again, I imagine.)

15 Sep 2010 8:12pm

@DULCIE: Hey Dulcie, thanks. I am grateful that the center of the 'what's to come' will be three blocks away - an eighty-story building amidst a 5.5 acre park. There was a building scheduled to go up where these ramps are coming down - but I hear that the collapsed economy has this derailed for now...

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

No "quittin' time" :-)

15 Sep 2010 8:33pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

Is it the end of Charles Schwab?

15 Sep 2010 9:52pm

@Michael Rawluk: Evidence would suggest not. I was impressed with the fact that they completely covered the south face of this block-long building with scaffolding (this is the wall along the bus ramps). They then draped all of that scaffolding with padded fabric - to protect the skin of the building.

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

big job and well documented, well done...

15 Sep 2010 11:18pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Wow... that is serious stuff !

15 Sep 2010 11:48pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

cool shot!

16 Sep 2010 1:46am

David from Detroit, United States

It is almost like they are erasing an iconic part of the 20th Century as they demolish the approach ramp. "The reign of the motorized vehicle is over! All ramps must be destroyed!"

16 Sep 2010 2:13am

Laurent from Lyon, France

my favourite so far concerning the ramp demolition.
First I'm a night shot addict and I like the composition with the ramp stopping and leading to nowhere

16 Sep 2010 5:21am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wow, thay worked hard! Good shot

16 Sep 2010 6:40am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Love the night shot!

16 Sep 2010 12:22pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Eerie is also how I see this.....but wonderfully caught !!!

18 Sep 2010 3:00pm