Posted on Aug 19, 2011 in Postcards
Somesville is barely a town at the head of one of our favorite harbors, Somes Harbor. It is but a series of buildings stretched out along a busy road. It does have a nice little historical society museum beside what was once a mill spill way. Some time ago somebody decided to build a bridge. So now the bridge and its accompanying small colonial shed/cobbler’s shop/town office building have become almost iconic, certainly the stuff stock photography loves. Pros photograph it regularly. Tourists stop to take a shot no matter what the light.
The bridge scene has been described as evocative of a scene from Gauguin’s garden at Giverny. If it ever looks like that it is certainly not in the late summer when only pickerelweed is in bloom. The bridge’s size also confounds its exalted status. The small building is visually dwarfed by the bridge rather like Central Park would be if someone decided to build the Eiffel Tower there.
I decided I at least need a shot or two for the record and picked a lovely clear day to do the deed. Brutal light. The shadows are almost black. No doubt about the strength of the white tones. Relief comes with sort of mucky green water plants and with one stressed out tree showing weak hints of fall color. Color in the image is strong but awful. So let’s subtract all color and play to the structural elements of the scene.
And that’s the story of the bridge beside the road in Somesville.
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