Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Eiffel Tower: Tangle

Tower Tangle

Another perspective on the Eiffel Tower showing the amount of steel in this structure.

Close up it is mainly this buff colour.

I love this one because it looks such a mess, though it is really an ordered structure with symmetry - if you look long enough it is possible to see this (the engineer in me coming out!) here were many advantages to walking up.

I am flying off to a business conference in the south of France today at a posh hotel (tough but someone has to do it!). I am hoping there is internet access and I will be able to post. It may be difficult for me to get round to comment on your lovely blogs for a few days - if so, I will catch up at the weekend.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really love the tour of the Eiffel tower your giving me. I'm getting so much culture following your blog. :)

To me, this structure looks like a real mess. With that jumbled maze of metal, I guess it will stay standing. It looks pretty well braced from every angle.

21/6/05 06:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comments, as always!

This is a striking image that reminds me of the digital 3D abstracts that were so popular a few years back. It really does look like a chaotic steel mess from this POV, and is a great take on a over-popular subject.

21/6/05 07:27  
Blogger MP said...

Regarding big iron structures I was really impressed with San Francisco bridges from close up.

21/6/05 08:33  
Blogger Maran said...

I agree with Tai, if you add perspective by shooting at some wierd angle and some PS it will look like 3D abstract found in the web.
Thanks for the tour :-)

21/6/05 09:30  
Blogger Shammi said...

I see chaos, but since the Eiffel hasnt fallen down yet, I guess there is order in the chaos! :) Ah well, I'm no engineer.

And on a not-unrelated note, every building in Paris seems to have that lovely biscuity brown colour.

21/6/05 09:41  
Blogger KMJ said...

The walk up is certainly better for you: for your cardiovascular health and for your scope of vision. ;)

21/6/05 10:46  
Blogger ChickyBabe said...

What an unusual perspective! You have such a unique eye. I love the way this mess is "ordered".

21/6/05 11:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing what you manage to see in things. I saw the Eiffel Tower so many times but NEVER the way you did.
Interesting perspective. Since I am visiting your blog I try to look at things differently. It is not so obvious because you need to learn to look differently.
Well enjoy your stay in Southern France. Probably one of the nicest places on earth...I look forward to see some unexpected picture of Southern France soon ...

21/6/05 11:50  
Blogger Potpourri said...

looks a mess for sure..But it is an orderly mess..:)

21/6/05 13:48  
Blogger jane said...

Just looking at that tangle makes my brain hurt!

21/6/05 13:48  
Blogger cube said...

this is such an amaizing structure. i love it. great work.

21/6/05 14:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! My first thought when I saw this shot, Ian, was that the thing had fallen down. That's an awful lot of steel in there.

And Ian, thank you so much for your continued support, it's very much appreciated.

21/6/05 14:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find myself focusing on that ladder burried way back in there--I'm very curious about where it goes. Perhaps it doesn't really go much of anywhere; maybe it's just something for workers to climb so that they can tighten bolts, or whatever other maintenance stuff they might do. But wouldn't it be cool if it went to a set of secret passages?

In any case, wow--just amazing, the amount of steel here, and the sheer complexity of the design...

Hope you have a wonderful trip! :)

21/6/05 14:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ian, enjoy your trip. You're bringing your camera, right?

21/6/05 15:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

feel like in the NASA or space dome.....great lineworks and structure...btw have a nice trip.

21/6/05 15:26  
Blogger Ezequiel Mesquita said...

What a minded intricacy! This is definitely not a "tourist" view of the Eiffel tower...Great shot!
I hope you'll have a good time at the conference :)

21/6/05 16:24  
Blogger Jennifer Swanepoel said...

Have a wonderful trip. Eat a quiche for me! And take a photo of it before you do! *lol* It amazes me that somebody had the brain power to design all that mess! :) It utterly baffles me.

21/6/05 17:03  
Blogger Rock Kauser said...

My eye immediately went to the green in the top right corner... pretty startling amid all the buff, gray and white. The little touch of green on the bottom left is also nice. Both add a touch of life to so much steel.

21/6/05 19:20  
Blogger Metallyptica said...

F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S shot!!

Wish I had done such a shot myself... :s

21/6/05 20:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH MY GOSH! You gotta be kiddin'? You have photographes this in such a way so as to thoroghly convince me the thing got all twisted up in a wind storm. Nice one, Ian.

21/6/05 20:18  
Blogger Judy Birmingham (Seeing Anew Blog) said...

I'm glad the Eiffel Tower model that I once bought wasn't THIS complicated to assemble. Was this taken at the base of the tower? Where does that trap door go? Your photos always pose questions, Ian!

21/6/05 20:42  
Blogger pk said...

Total chaos is what come to my mind, LOL.
Wonder where the ladder leads too.

21/6/05 20:51  
Blogger Bradley said...

Great Eiffel shots! Thanks for showing some views that I've never seen. :)

22/6/05 00:00  
Blogger Arto Alamaunu said...


22/6/05 00:15  
Blogger makuahine said...

Wow this is so neat!!

I have personally never seen the tower, other than photos, of course; and I have certainly never seen it from this perspective! Thanks for this unique shot!

22/6/05 02:08  
Blogger A Little World of My Own said...

Oh I'm telling you that I'm so impressed with your photoblog and I just wanted to say that "what a wonderful touch of life to so much steel."!!!! Considering yourself, I bookmarked this and I will add you on my links...ALOHA

22/6/05 02:30  
Blogger Kamakshi said...

is this what they call organized chaos? really nice pic .. wud've never expected something like this in the eiffel tower!

22/6/05 03:38  
Blogger ian said...

Thank you all vry much, this is a very strange view I agree.

Hugo, I do have my camera with me.

Tai - No PS here - just digital darkroom work.

22/6/05 05:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats too much of steel...looks like an orderly mess. Thanks for the tour Ian..I am enjoying it.

22/6/05 09:54  
Blogger F. Vissault said...

Very interesting shot of Eiffel tower. Good work!

22/6/05 14:06  
Blogger BorisEarTh said...

Great shots. I didn't realise there were so many different colours on the Eiffel Tower.

22/6/05 16:09  
Blogger ian said...

Thank you all for your positive comment son this one - I love it with chaos giving symmetry.

24/6/05 22:52  

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