Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Hometown Shootout - Fences

Gates and fences --  Unfortunately, I spent most of my time this week playing around with a Picture that Tells a Story for an upcoming shootout.  I wasn't confused...I just had an idea that was too much fun not to play around with...

So I've probably shortchanged this week a bit.   Mostly older stuff as well.

1972 - Fish Drying on a Fence, Colombia

BUTLER: "That's not a fence...it's a rack for drying fish." 

2001 -- Vietnam Memorial Wall, DC

BUTLER:  "A wall is not a fence.   If you liked that picture yoyu should have used it when the theme was reflections."

"I'd forgotten about it until I ran across it today," I replied.

2008 - Fence of Men

BUTLER:  You don't actually have any fence pictures, do you?"

BAGMAN: "Give him a break!  I'll accept this as a fence since he has a poetic license."

"Okay!  I give up," I say, surrendering.  But I do have some pictures about some of Charleston's most famous gates and fences -- even if I don't have pictures of them."

Philip Simmons (1912-2009)

Philip Simmons became a world famous iron worker, constructing iron gates and fences throughout Charleston.  In 2010, I was riding around with a friend and colleague who used to live next door to Simmons and took me over to his workshop.  Later, when I uploaded pictures from my camera, I was disappointed with them...but here are a few. 

A cemetary gate in his back yard that he had been working on.
(It was later placed to mark a historic African American cemetary)

Herb in Philip Simmons workshop

Herb in front of a photograph of his friend
(Fantastic portrait photography - not mine)

And then I have a couple other shots....

1987 - Alcatraz

2009 - Hilton Head, SC

2009 - Charleston

That's it for this week -- it's 10:12 am -- and while I dislike using Facebook more and more, I'm still undecided whether to buy a bit of it's stock when it goes public at 11:00 a.m.  I do know that if I buy any, I'll sell it by the end of the day...on the other hand, I've developed a set of personal investing rules over my last year and a half of following the stock market and this would break about 75% of them.  

If I were smart, I'd build a quick fence between me and my computer.

BUTLER: "Yes.  Build the fence.  Don't be a sucker.  Follow your rules.  Don't touch it!"

BAGMAN:  "Zam!  Kapow!  Do it, baby!  No risk, no reward!  Put a little adrenalin in your life!"












19 comments:

  1. Whoa blogger probs. I lost my first comment. Love that last photo. The fence of men is most creative.
    QMM

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  2. Loved them all - especially first and last (everyone is a sucker for kids and dogs). I like the running commentary you guys always do! Didja get the Facebook?

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  3. hope you didn't buy FB stock - its IPO price was way too high - wait 6 weeks or so then check the price....unsolisited advice but there it is for free.

    I think a fence covered with flowers is still a fence so one covered with dried fish must be also... liniar logic.
    the question is is a railing a fence, is a security wall a fence, what makes a fence a fence.... a rose by any other name is still a rose.... I think that is a famous quote so it must be true.

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  4. Great portrait of Mr. Simmons! I must admit, I've never heard of him before, but then I am not very well versed in this type (or any type, actually) of iron work.
    Love the picture with the dog looking through the railing, erm, fence.

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  5. Nice bunch of pics but I have to say I love the mournful looking dog with his nose through the wrought iron.

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  6. Pop a dog in a picture and you'll get us every time, yep dog and fence was a favourite of mine as well...and the superb portraits, great idea and "great ideas is always whats needed".

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  7. All of these photos are really interesting and worth a story in themselves. I must write that the one with the dog is my fave. It says it all.

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  8. I love, love, love the last photo of the dog peeking through the fence! You saved the best for last :)

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  9. No arguing with other commenters for me. Yep, it's the last shot. But wait, maybe I will disagree after all. Your 'fence of men', poetic license or not, is a fantastic shot. Can't wait to see your photo that tells a story, it will be a real masterpiece if you work on it for another five weeks.

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  10. do they salt the fish first?

    The African american cemetary gate looks like my tennis club gate.

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  11. I'd say nothing says "fence" more than the Alcatraz prison cell.

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  12. Those last 2 fences are my favorites. Gotta love a dog waiting for its people.

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  13. After all that talk about changing your header every week, I'm surprised I don't see a fence around your head. The last photo is classic. Who wouldn't fall in love with that image? I certainly did.

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  14. Jarie Lyn's right: your last shot is absolutely wonderful.

    I like the look of your blog these days.

    What were you doing in Columbia in 1972? hmmm?

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  15. lol, fun post...such a stickler about what a fence is! love the last one with the pup :)

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  16. The Hilton Head picture....Is that Shelter Cove or Beaufort? Or neither?

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  17. I really enjoyed this post. Fun extrapolation on the subject. :)

    (I sure hope you didn't buy FB stock...) ;)

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  18. Small bits of content which are explained in details, helps me understand the topic,thank you!

    Iron Fences

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