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Wire We Here

By LynneJoyce  
My contribution to a celebration of wires The Magnificent Seven, Gajewski, Annette38, Irishkate, SimonFletch, Chiliman, GarrathE and myself.

The whole thing was inspired by a remark by my husband, GarrathE, while we were in Spain. I had fallen into The Photo Mafia's 'rules' trap and said that I would have to work really hard cloning out all the overhead (in some cases touching heads) wires that are draped carelessly all over Spanish towns and villages. Garrath asked the simple question,

"Why? Aren't they part of the character of the place?" He then suggested that we ought to celebrate wires and have a Wires Wednesday. So here it is, my celebration of wires, 15 as usual, all taken in Spain where they are artistically draped everywhere. There's even a bird photo in there (V2.)

It made me think about why we do what we do. Do we take photographs to record what is there to do we take what is there and then feel obliged to prettify or sanitise it all? Why are shots that some describe as a record shot seen to be of less merit than other shots? What is a distraction and what a feature? Who decides this anyway? Lots of questions to be answered here which is why Walter's title is so very apt.

Thanks for looking and I hope that you enjoy at least some of them. Thanks go to my fellow collaborators, The Magnificent Seven, for joining in with this fun project.

Tags: Photo journalism Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 7:13AM
A great set of fifteen. Roll on retirement!

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Fascinating theme. Inspiring title. Some beautiful photography.
ade123 Plus
5 285 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 7:18AM
A brilliant set of images Lynne. Superbly presented as always

4 Jun 2014 7:23AM
I am guessing the pair of you can't wait to get back to this truly "wired-up" country named Spain..?!
A super set of Spanish spaghetti, sprawled in the sun (alliteration, over Wink), Lynne.
Roll on the next 3 weeks, 'til I can once again view the Wires Over Spain.
My conscience will no longer bother me either - Thanks, Garrath..!!

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
4 Jun 2014 7:32AM
┐Wire we upset about wires, anyhow? Here is some truly artistic material, covering wildlife architecture, Saturday shadows and all we need to get that juice into our computers, washing machines fridges drills light bulbs and often hot water boilers!
A true celebration of electricity!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Jun 2014 7:42AM
A wonderful set of wire images, Lynne Smile Carol
4 Jun 2014 7:51AM
v 2 & 3 topping the list
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 8:15AM
well you certainly have starred with your wires.
But as for your club name magnificent 7 ....mmmmm not sureWinkWinkWink
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Jun 2014 8:22AM
An extensive contribution to Wires Wednesday, Lynne: so many interesting takes, quite apart from the themed element.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 8:37AM
Fortunately we didn't have to get permission for the club name Barbara!
Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 8:43AM
An interesting set of images. Ted. GrinGrin
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 8:51AM
Superb set of images, beautifully captured and presented

rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 9:06AM
Your creativity knows no bounds, Lynne and it is an interesting concept to embrace the ubiquitous wiring chaos of European towns and make an art form out of them.

4 Jun 2014 9:47AM
Interesting images, we have some beautiful landscape around us but find it difficult to capture due to endless pylons. Regards George.
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
4 Jun 2014 9:51AM
Have trouble keeping the vegetation out of my wire pictures.

Good project!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 9:54AM
Observational excellence, photographic brilliance. An interesting, very well observed and captured set of images which in turn have been very well processed and presented Lynne.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
4 Jun 2014 10:03AM
Thanks for the encouragement to leave things in a shot Lynne, So much street furniture, signs, cars, people! sometimes seem to be always in the way and yet I like my pics to be natural. I have buried many a cable "underground" but may leave them to be seen in future. What a lovely place this site is to be able to share, admire, laugh and sometimes cry together. Thanks to all who make this site so inspirational

Best wishes and thanks again Lynne
great set GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 10:24AM
A fair few spaghetti junctions thereWinkGrinGrin
We think we're hard done by in the UK by the power and telephone companies but Europe and the USA are even worse wires are strung like a madman's decorations across streets and walls as this set illustrates perfectly.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 10:29AM
Being totally wired up to 'club rules' this was not an easy task for me but you've kind of give me permission to leave as is
and maybe I'll upload more wiry images in the future!!!!
I knew of course that you'd do us proud with your collection!!! As indeed you have - I think these images say a lot about you - "This is me - take me as I am - like me or not". So very well done (thanks for letting me join the clan).
Artistically speaking I like V1, V2 and V9 is my favourite.
So maybe we can upload the 'odd' Were We Here image with others joining in in the future?
Kate GrinGrinGrin
PranavMishra 5 52 17 India
4 Jun 2014 10:46AM
such effort should be celebrated with a round of applause.. a really humbling collection of how photographic opportunities were ruined by wires.. you thoughtful framing makes it even more special..
4 Jun 2014 11:30AM
Great series of wire images.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
4 Jun 2014 12:02PM
It's strange isn't, that we try to avoid wires all over the place in our shots, and ones we can't avoid, we clone out!! Wink I think it's because deep down we want to make the places look neat and tidy...that's my theory, anyway! Smile It's made me think about wanting to get rid of them from my images now... Wink
A great set of images, Lynne, love your title! Grin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
4 Jun 2014 1:16PM
I have never had a problem with wires in my shots Lynne.
All part and parcel of life I feel.
A fine selection of the wirey stuff here.
And some of it suitably grotty too !!
Bantu 4 7 1 India
4 Jun 2014 2:06PM
You,really set benchmark of photography by your captures,superb.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
4 Jun 2014 3:28PM
This, an extraordinary collection of wire images--- but I don't see a cow behind a fence-- Ha ha---

Enjoyed all 15 images!
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
4 Jun 2014 4:31PM
Excellent Lynne, lovely pictures great photography and a theme to tie it all together.

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 4:42PM
I can't take credit for the title guys, that is down to Walter (Gajewski.) Once a politician, always a politician I did ensure that democracy ruled and we voted on the title. Walter's 'Wire We Here' won by a large majority (5,1,1) and we had 100% turnout for the vote.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
4 Jun 2014 5:32PM
This is a great series, Lynne and thanks for organizing the handful of us to join in on this little project.
You've got a great commentary here as well -- expressing the impetus for our little romp through the world of wires.

I don't want to minimize your artistry here either. These are some wonderful shots. Not only do you have a keen aesthetic sense on display here but some of your images make real (dare I say political) statements -- especially the shots through the chain link fence.

As to Barbara's comment. I think she is correct. Maybe you should change your group name to "The Magnificent Six and Walter" Smile

4 Jun 2014 5:36PM
A very wise Man, your husband Lynne, and what a super set resulted.

John Smile
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
4 Jun 2014 5:40PM
I am a great one for leaving wires in my images...don't do photoshop...even have wires in my images todayGrin...a great capture
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
4 Jun 2014 9:39PM
You show us something we wouldn't ordinarily see, especially in the H&S-mad UK. But perhaps in this case they have a point. Smile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 9:55PM
amazing collection, I seem to remember from visits overseas there are a lorra wires everywhere and you have captured them beautifully - I do like V2
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
5 Jun 2014 12:52AM
Now this is one fantastic set, Lynne. And the light, as always, is impeccable. Some of these are superb shadow shots too! kidding about Spain and the wires, huh?? Talk about inescapable in every street scene!! Hahaha...let the compulsive cloners try to sort those out Grin

If I had to choose a favourite, it would be hard 'cos 2, 4, 8, and 12 are right doozies...BUT...V14 squeezes them out. Those roses and the composition! Wow...

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2014 7:32AM
Really enjoyed reading all those comments there as well as viewing the photos Lynne
guess that you can stand anywhere maybe not a beach and find wires,
interesting and different...rather liking the sunset in V6 as well
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2014 10:22PM
A brave and correct decision to make the wires an interesting part of the images.Smile

6 Jun 2014 10:37AM
Pleased to make it 50, Lynne - just catching up from a sunnier part of the world!
Fifteen fabulous 'rule breaking' shots - well done!!Smile

6 Jun 2014 11:54AM
Wire Wednesday. I second that. I have to really as most places here have these (dreadful) wires hanging around. Our house in the north has a very thick one right slap bang in front of our little balcony which overlooks 5 villages and an otherwise gorgeous view. At least one would think the birds would cooperate and perch there but so far, and it is many years now, they stubbornly haven't.

Richsr 11 91 223 England
6 Jun 2014 1:18PM
A good wire study Lynne, recognize V5 as Alta.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2014 9:54PM
Superb set Lynne all got something going for them,nicely done to the team
Some lovely captures here. I just love the light. My choice is between V5 and V8. So V8 for impact and a good second in V5 for composition. Well done Lynne.
V1 has lovely light shade and texture but I am not sure if the electrician is qualifiedGrin Well done Lynne.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 Jun 2014 8:25PM
What a wonderful set Lynne, v2 and v3 are my favourites from this eclectic collection. I guess all those who viewed and did not cast their vote must be members of the photo mafia or illuminati!WinkGrin
xwang 9 56 8
7 Jun 2014 10:07PM
Superbly captured images. Wonderful sun shine! What we've got is rain, rain, and rain... I 'envy' you...Grin
I did(do) bother about the wires and cars when I took photos in film time, I tried to avoid them when I took some building photos. I heard the same saying to me as Garrath's in this house when I tried to get rid of them on PS later on digital. I think that it depends on what the image is, and what you want to say... Yes, the wires fit in well here.
Enjoy your sun shine.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
8 Jun 2014 7:19AM
A terrific set, Lynne. I love them all, but the textures of some of the images are so impressive. Your or your husband's "Wire We Here" idea with the followers might set a new trend, and I'd like to be a contributor to it.

Thank you for the suggestion, I had already tried it, but hesitated afterwards, your suggestion made me go for it again.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2014 6:06AM
There are a lot of cross wires over there! Grin
Super, super shots Lynne, very well observed...
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 8:21AM
I agree that overhead wires do add to the character of so many foreign settlements. I love France for its apparent lack of town planning and allowing lots of things that would be sanitised in the UK. I love the light, textures and patterns in V1 Lynne as well as 5, 10,11 and 15.

29 Jun 2014 2:08PM
The wire project is excellent and fun at the same time as being good photography!

I recall a similar conclusion in Thailand

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2014 5:57AM
That's the best wired collection I have ever seen Lynne!
Great title as well! Grin

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