Posted in Photo of the Day, tagged cables, industrial, Instagram, Japan, skycables, telegraph pole, ugliness, urban, wires on January 13, 2012 |
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“Skycable Skeleton” : Hiroshima, Japan, 28th December 2011
Until I joined the Instagram community for iPhone photography, I had no real idea that there was a whole load of people interested in shots of ugly tangled overhead wiring, but there is, and they’ve even coined their own term for such things: skycables.
Japan is a country rich in these unsightly jumbles, apparently having an aversion to burying them under the ground like they do in most places, but I must admit I’m coming round to seeing them as objects of interest rather than an ever-present example of how convenience has triumphed over aesthetics.
Incidentally, you can have a look at my iPhone snaps (using Instagram and other apps) at my other photography blog Souvenirs from the Surface of Last Scattering…
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“Telegraphic Tree” : Hiroshima, Japan, 17th December 2011
Urban Japan is severely starved of nature: nobody maintains grass lawns, parks are just expanses of concrete, and trees can be hard to find.
Widespread, though, are spaghetti-like tangles of wiring like the one pictured here.
For whatever reason, it was decided not to bury such arteries of telecommunication under the roads, but have them draped along poles, which is great for the birds, but not quite so great for those who like uncluttered views of the heavens.
It does, however, provide interesting material for the urban abstract photographer…
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