Team x Potato!

By woolybill1
Viewed from the Ouseburn, fifty or more metres below, especially through a wide-angle lens, the Newcastle Metro bridge over the said Ouseburn presents an airy spectacle against a December sky even if it is only industrial concrete, unlike Byker Bridge beneath whose towering brick arches I stood to take this shot. The audacity of the local graffitist in tagging the bridge is astonishing, compensating with his daring for what he lacks in artistic originality. V2 with the Lumix with added contrast for Mrswoolybill whose monitor would not reveal the joke in V1 blatantly enough.

I have no idea what Team Potato is - a clique of lads who race sofas, perhaps? - but at least the perpetrator can spell better than a recent Vice-President of the USA.

Version 1: D70s + 20mm, 1/400th sec. @ f11, ISO 400;
Version 2: Lumix, did its own thing with 1/125th sec. @ f5.6, ISO 80.

Tags: Graffiti Architecture Viaduct Newcastle upon tyne Ouseburn December 2008 Humour and fun

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Comments


imander 10 388 7 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 9:04AM
need to get my eyes checked, from the thumbnail i thought it was the angle of the north, the way the lamp post intersects the bridge is what did it ...lol
ian

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danbrann 12 636 17
5 Jan 2009 9:11AM
Artwork by that world renowned artist ...SPUD..A good one Bill and yes it does resemble the Angel.
DolphinLady 11 54 1 Wales
5 Jan 2009 9:14AM
A wonderful angle Bill.
I like the formation of the trees in the background of V1, as if they are on guard duty.
I also like the close crop of V2 showing us that graffitti.
You have some lovely warm colours to that version.
Hilary
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 70 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 9:37AM
The light was changing very rapidly - a few minutes before and afterwards it was almost totally grey!
jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
5 Jan 2009 9:38AM
Very nice comp in the first, well spotted.
John
tony64 13 204 9 England
5 Jan 2009 9:48AM
Very well spotted Bill!
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
5 Jan 2009 11:01AM
You have an eagle's eye Bill, great shots
Dennis
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
5 Jan 2009 11:31AM
Elegant composition with that lamppost helping to prop up the bridge, and a wonderfully strange title that only made sense after seeing V2. And don't come down too hard on the vice president; at least he can write, however badly, which can't be said about his employer Smile
Regards,
Rende
TyChee 12 275 1 United States
5 Jan 2009 12:38PM
This reminds me a series of shots I recently saw at the Guggenheim Museum in NY by Catherine Opie that took up a good part of a gallery there. One entire wall was a series of freeway ramps taken from different angles. Well seen and captured.

Ty
glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
5 Jan 2009 12:48PM
Well seen Bill.

Robert
imagio 10 12 1 England
5 Jan 2009 1:50PM
Love the angles Bill..

Bernie
zebraboy 12 197 Australia
5 Jan 2009 3:26PM
Nice shot Bill love the 'hot' tones on V2 and how the environment appears to embrace the structure on V1, great!!
bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
5 Jan 2009 3:36PM
great perspective,Bill......
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
5 Jan 2009 4:11PM
Walking with head in the clouds will enable one to spot such things Wink
Great fun, and the thought of the tagger painting this is almost mind-boggling for someone who gets dizzy on the roof of her own 1-story house!
Anne
Have to hand it to them artists, some are really professional, well spotted
5 Jan 2009 4:45PM
Somebody did tell me, but I've forgotten and it's not been there that long. Two great shots. Its a difficult area.
IainH 12 82
5 Jan 2009 6:11PM
Nice one Bill, its all modern art Smile
5 Jan 2009 6:33PM
Nice to see things are looking up for the New Year Bill.

John Smile
wyatturp 11 2 England
5 Jan 2009 7:13PM
Nice crisp picture'sSmile

Doug
ketch 9 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
5 Jan 2009 7:19PM
Ahh this takes me back to my own Team X Potato days - they were excellent fun if not a little dangerous - but I am afraid I can say no more, I am sworn to secrecy.

Fun couple of images certainly ask more questions than perhaps can be answered.

Best wishes

Robert
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 8:34PM
Glad Moira couldn't see it as I would have been left out in the cold too.
Quote:Ahh this takes me back to my own Team X Potato days - they were excellent fun if not a little dangerous - Do you think Robert is telling porkies?
Obviously before my time!!
Helen

Joline Plus
11 27 53 United States
5 Jan 2009 9:53PM
LOL LOL LOL you hit that nail on the head!
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 10:18PM

Quote:This reminds me a series of shots I recently saw at the Guggenheim Museum in NY by Catherine Opie that took up a good part of a gallery there. One entire wall was a series of freeway ramps taken from different angles. Well seen and captured.

Ty




Ahhhhhhhh well, there you go, Bill!
Johanna
tigertimb 9 40 66 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 11:27PM
I remember doing art with a potato as a kid, but it was nothing like this! Admiration sans approval - have you spotted any other examples of their handywork?
I'm almost feeling dizzy looking at this Bill; I love the perspective and the wide angle you've captured; it makes the bridge feel immense and adds drama
Tim
RobinF 10 83 1 England
6 Jan 2009 10:14AM
This does make your head spin! Great use of wide-angle and intriguing graffiti.............perhaps he/she was just very tall! Smile
regards,
Robin
proz 12 205 United States
7 Jan 2009 8:46PM
love this capture!
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
7 Jan 2009 11:28PM
Excellent stuff Bill, I reckon i know who the culprit was who put the graffiti on that bridge, it's that Maurice Piper fellow!

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