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Bridge, Garbatella Metro, Rome

Italy isn’t all about ancient structures – while there are historical and architectural marvels aplenty in the center of the city of Rome, modern architecture happens too. At the Garbatella Metro station, this enormous viaduct that carries a four lane road over the railway tracks soars into the sky like a giant DNA strand or a dinosaur skeleton bleached white in the sun.

Viaduct, Garbatella, Rome
Viaduct, Garbatella, Rome
Viaduct, Garbatella, From Below
Viaduct, Garbatella, From Below

Everything about this bridge was designed with an artistic conceit, even the railings that surround the suspension cable anchor points – they undulate like the bridge form itself, like a ribbon or a snake winding its way between the cables.

Railings, Garbatella Viaduct, Rome
Railings, Garbatella Viaduct, Rome

Even the safety barrier between the lanes on the roadway has been thoughtfully designed from an aesthetic as well as functional perspective.

Safety Barrier, Garbatella
Safety Barrier, Garbatella

A few shots from Sunday

I went out on Sunday evening with a friend of mine to do some shooting over at the old mill ruins at Rileys Lock along the C&O Canal. The ruins are buried in the woods, and a popular hangout for teenagers looking to paint some graffiti or smoke or sit silently next to each other playing on their cellphones. You know, usual teenager stuff.

Climb Me
Climb Me

I loved the accidental humor of the vine following the instructions on the graffiti here.

I was still playing around with my new-to-me Canon 135 F2 L lens, and here are some examples of what it can do. The first shot is the canal house at the Riley’s Lock viaduct. I was intrigued by the play of shadows from the nearby tree on the stone wall. After getting home and downloading the shot onto my Mac, I looked at it and thought, “there’s some better, more interesting shots within this” so I made a couple crops, which I’ll show below. Comments and thoughts greatly appreciated.

Canal House Windows
Canal House Windows

Here’s the full-frame original shot.
Canal House Window, Left
Canal House Window, Left

Canal House Window, Right
Canal House Window, Right

And last but not least, the brownstone rail end with a dedication chiseled into it.

Viaduct railing end pillar
Viaduct railing end pillar