These are some of the trucks left behind by the US Air Force after World War II on the abandoned US airbase on the Ikateq channel (see previous post for details). After the US forces left, local hunters removed the engines, seats and anything else that could be usefully utilised, and what remained was left to rust under the metres of snow that covers them each winter.
Surprisingly the tires (I will spell them the American way seeing as they are US tires) are still in very good condition after more than 60 years of exposure to the harsh Greenland weather (see Workshop here for a closer view of the truck on the left).
Back in 1944, the US Rubber Co (now Uniroyal) created a slogan for its tire advertising that read: “Tires that bullets can’t stop” (the US Rubber Co was a major supplier of tires for the US armed forces during the war). These tyres (sorry, tires) didn’t see any action in Greenland, but they have certainly stood up well to the elements and look like they could be there forever.
So with apologies to De Beers and Ian Fleming, I wondered whether the title I have given this post could make a new advertising slogan for Uniroyal.
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wolf38 (31282) 2007-07-07 8:08
Hello David. In a wonderful landscape with blue sky these rusty red-brown autoparts are located. It is a photo of full contrasts and with morbid Charm. Really grandios. Best regards, Wolfgang.
mossphoto (604) 2007-07-07 8:11
A well photographed part of history, although I prefer your WS post to this one (strictly my personal opinion). Thanks for the quick history lesson on this.
Should the Army have left this eyesore? Definitely not by today's standards. However, as you mentioned in another post, this is a testament to the time when this took place.
Can you imagine what the soldiers had to deal with if as you mentioned, this place is under meters of snow each year?
grantlp (2113) 2007-07-07 8:26
This is such a surreal scene....the old truck, rusted and broken, in amongst some of the most scenic landscapes you could find. An excellent composition which seems to tell a story, of ugliness which happened many years ago.....even touching the most serene lands. Wonderful image, well done.
ohe (2334) 2007-07-07 8:41
Very impressive shot. Strange to see these tires in that state.
Sky and sharpness are quite impressive.
Thanks for sharing,
- Olivier -
hattori (0) 2007-07-07 9:21
it's an excellent picture, good composition and use of depth of field
best wishes from turkey
kensimage (8561) 2007-07-07 9:30
A really nice composition here, David. You've used the landscape well, with the rusty truck pointing the eye into the U-shaped valley, and the clouds reminding us of the vast open spaces (available to fill with junk?) I think Greenland brings out the best in your artistic skills--maybe it's the cold or something. Regards, Ken.
Ebbe (9617) 2007-07-07 10:05
Imposing landscape and the scrap gives it a special touch that separates it from other landscape pictures. Nice POV and a well chosen focal lenght gives a strong perspective. PP maybe a bit on the tough side for me.
vedra (0) 2007-07-07 10:25
Very interesting story and unpleasant reminder of the ecological awareness sixty years ago.
Apart from the rusty remains of the US army, this mountain landscape is amazing, with the greyish rocky tops and wonderful sky.
ben4321 (9875) 2007-07-07 11:44
It's an interesting study in decay, and I like how the rusty colours of the abandoned vehicles contrast with the clear light and the freshness of this otherwise pristine landscape.
It would have been tempting to get close to the truck using the wide end of your zoom, but I rather like how you held back and went for this less extreme framing. It's all too easy to succumb to 'wide-angle-itis', something that I've been trying to steer clear of lately in my own photography.
You've done well here David, and it's definitely one of the more interesting shots that I've seen here today.
Just seen the WS - a bit too much wide-angle-itis for my liking!
KostasKon (0) 2007-07-08 1:45
The colors and the POV are perfect. The sharpness is great too.
feather (51130) 2007-07-08 3:21
It'd difficult to chose between this one and the one in the WS as they each have qualities that are better than the other. I prefer the sky on this one, although undoubtedly that has nothing to do with the subject you are raising, and I like the balance on each side from the mountains. On the WS I prefer the closer view of the truck, which is also revealed in better light. The other thing I like on the WS is the glimpse of blue water complete with ice floes.
All-in-all a good presentation.
PixelTerror (0) 2007-07-08 3:33
again on the move I see, not everybody's destination and kind of travel photo, and not the one that would make the cover of a US army advertisement brochure I guess, what a mess, shame on them for proving one more time their ability to destroy our planet. Apart from that a beautiful photo where the rusty structures stand out well, maybe I prefer the WS version for showing the fjord in the background.
Have a nice sunday JY
happypoppeye (4817) 2007-07-08 6:20
Great landscape photo David. The contrasting colors of the grey mountains, blue sky, rusted trucks and yellow earth look great. I especially like the single cloud in the sky coming in diagonal across the frame. Composition is perfect. Just a spectacular image of a subject (trash) that only a good photographer can bring to life. Great note also.
...and a clever title.
bhuniatrekearth (764) 2007-07-08 8:40
Documentation with an artistic accent. Your note is highly effective on mind.
An anti war and anti pollution presentation.
delkoo (68) 2007-07-08 9:33
nice viex again ,To look back us on the stupidity of the human being, which polluted this magnificent landscape by abandoning trucks and tins.
great one david
Budapestman (82620) 2007-07-08 15:07
Very impressive and spectacular photo, composition is very effective. I like the suggestive theme and the splendid realization, very good shot. Have a nice week
vinicio (23423) 2007-07-08 15:54
Great image David, dramatic, excellent for colors and nature, and very well done, the contrast is big and you have captured it in a splendid way, a true artwork, compliments.
cam (9041) 2007-07-08 17:53
Surely not the way I was imagining Greenland?
The slopes of the mountains that goes more or less towards the truck,with the help of the clouds are attacting me towards the truck,strongly.
Have a good week
plimrn (21344) 2007-07-08 21:27
Excellent detail of the rusith truck against the scrub land hillside. Interesting how much this reminds of the shot that the TE group took in Bodie. Iteresting how peoplke consider Bodie picturesque while the detrius of war is grotesque. HLJ, Pat
John_F_Kennedy (43299) 2007-07-08 23:37
Good composition and very sharp colours. Very nice shot. Intersting story.
vincz (19113) 2007-07-09 0:43
Excellent compostion again. I love these old rusted trucks lost in the middle of nowhere. And what a beautiful nowhere! You catched there a gorgeous sky. Very good!
pboehringer (770) 2007-07-09 12:59
David, your sense of humour is always present and always having new ideas of how things could be done, named, phrased ... "Tires are Forever" is another perfect example. You should work for the industry finding names and slogans for new products. Comparing main post and WS I personally prefer the WS. The diagonal composition of the truck with the tire afront looks better and as vertical format it would be irresistible.
ViktorVaughn (1521) 2007-07-11 0:17
Wow, another wonderful shot of this beautiful area with all this rusting army materials left behind.
The truck is very interesting, and a great addition to the photograph. I think getting even closer to the truck would have provided a nicer shot. Beautiful weather you had.
Edit - Whoops, I just noticed the Workshop photo now. Yes, I prefer the workshop photo more. But both are excellent shots.
Manamo (3682) 2007-07-17 18:26
such a wonderful sky!! The landscape is amazing and the rusty truck's skeleton in the foreground provide a super contrast with the rest of the scene. Even the color of the skeleton is fitting with the scene. It mixes up well with the grey of the mountain and then boom! Huge contrast with the blue sky. There is this 3D effect on the image that is so hard to obtain.
To have a more balanced composition, I would suggest to crop a little bit to have a peak on each side of the frame.
RPoole5552 (1812) 2007-07-23 7:13
Interesting shot and nice TE post. What an eerie scene. Excellent informative note.
vizion (729) 2007-08-05 11:58
It such a nice picture. The sky is so beautiful. The placement of the truck along with its surroundings, makes this a briliantly composed picture. Another thing to point out is the soft light and the colouring, which is smooth and delicate.
toni_al (15875) 2007-10-03 10:14
Un beau paysage parsemé des vieux camions nettement moins beaux, mais l'image est super intéressante et joliment effectuée
Tibo (1904) 2008-01-08 5:01
What another great shot! It is a bit like in the animation movie CARS... but in danmark and it is real! Well done! Tibo
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-06-26
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G ED, Circular PL
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-07 7:43
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