Now to something completely different. I don't often show pictures of bridges, and it's almost 2,5 years since I last uploaded a photo from my own country.
This is the Tjörn bridge, the third and last of a series of bridges linking the mainland north of Göteborg (Gothenburg) with the island of Tjörn off the Swedish west coast. Or rather: This was the Tjörn bridge.
I took this photo in September 1979 while returning to Göteborg from a TE-meeting (some 23 years before TE was started) with saxo042 and two other not so active members. We just stopped here briefly to admire the bridge catching the rays of the setting sun.
Just a few months later, during the night of January 18, 1980, a ship crashed into one of the "legs" of the bridge. The strong tremor caused by the crash, from a direction which the constructors clearly never anticipated, made the entire bridge collapse.
As the bridge crashed onto the boat its radio equipment was destroyed. Too much ice made it impossible for the crew (who all survived) to use the life-boat, and no mobile phones were available in 1980. So there was little the crew could do to raise an alarm. Before police and rescue teams arrived after 40 minutes six cars and one truck fell into the sea and eight people died.
In a workshop you can see a photo taken (not by me) later in the day after the disaster.
I have scanned my photo from a Kodachrome slide.
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Nicou (120410) 2013-04-23 7:38
Quelle merveille ce pont quelle forme arrondie et ce rayon cet éclairage fantastique cpatage et jeu de lumière douce avec les belles falaises en fond grandisoe.
Bravo et amitié
eldancer1 (27173) 2013-04-23 7:43
This looks like the bridge outside Page, Arizona. I like the lighting on only part of the span and the river banks. But I'm sorry about what happened to this bridge and the people that were killed. Accidents do happen in the most unlikely place. Good pov and dof with sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
bayno (18342) 2013-04-23 7:50
Ciao Gert, very sad reportage, but you are a journalist and i like this....both photo is good...in this one the light was wonderful as the perspective...nice scanned...nice work,
greetings from Rome...
saxo042 (37268) 2013-04-23 8:51
En otroligt bra bild och en unik dokumentation av en försvunnen bro. Här är det befogat att fråga varför du väntat så länge.... Skulle jag ha varit med när du tog bilden? En fantastisk bild och en lika intressant not. Du skulle ha tagit WS-bilden också!
lousat (75532) 2013-04-23 9:31
Hi Gert,i was very young and i never hear nothing about this incredible disaster,your note are very very interesting and your pic is a piece of history,i like your choice to post the upload too also if isn't made by you but very useful to understand what happens.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
manrezaei (1837) 2013-04-23 10:07
Wonderful view. I like the golden color of bridge you aptured here. Great composition, excellent warm natural colours and superb sharpness. The arch added more attractive to your perfectly well done photo. Very well done.
AdrianWrobel (1686) 2013-04-23 10:34
Korzysne o¶wietlenie i ciep³o o¶wietlanych pagórków. Pozdrawiam- Adrian
ourania (30147) 2013-04-23 10:47
the perspective of the bridge, the simplicity and dynamism of the structure and the sense of depth you've given to the image are superb. The bridge looks very attractive from this point of view and the lighting contrasts on and around it are fascinating. There's a feeling of desolation and melancholy as it is but under the knowledge of the disaster this picture acquires a special interest and generates so many thoughts. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Romano46 (17494) 2013-04-23 10:56
le tue foto scannerizzate, nonostante il passare del tempo, risultano essere ancora molto competitive ed estremamenti interessanti.
In questa si viene subito colpiti dalla particolare luce molto calda che crea un'atmosfera quasi irreale.
Ottima la composizione e tenuto conto della scannerizzazione an.che la nitidezza.
Hai fatto un ottimo lavoto. Complimenti anche per le note molto interessanti.
Ciao e buona serata
Silvio1953 (120608) 2013-04-23 11:23
Ciao Gert, great quality for a scan, fantastic bridge, shame that crashed, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
pajaran (51250) 2013-04-23 11:31
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o mostu sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na most i trenutak sa svetlom sunca, koje je nagasilo lepotu konstrukcije ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good text on the bridge with the given data ...
Nice view of the bridge and the moment the light of the sun, which is nagasilo beauty design ...
A good time recording, contrast, perspective, beautiful colors.
Good work with a lovely photograph of the workshop.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
Fis2 (84580) 2013-04-23 13:19
I love bridges!
Excellent colors and light.
carlo62 (31414) 2013-04-23 15:03
una luce molto bella colpisce alcune parti del ponte e la costa opposta, creando un'atmosfera intensa e piacevole.
macjake (55550) 2013-04-23 16:17
wow, i didn't even realize its been that long since you posted a photo from your own country!!!
as for this one, i'm so surprised cars drove off the bridge...didn't they not see that the bridge had fallen?
or perhaps they did but they just couldn't fully stop in time.
great reportage type of photo here, the WS really shows the damage.
Too bad, its a nice looking bridge.
thanks for this one
worldcitizen (6801) 2013-04-23 17:54
Your photo, together with the note and WS photo, make a nice historic piece. This scan has wonderful colors and lighting, but what really gives it impact is that this structure is no longer standing. It's nice to have a glimpse into the past.
dkmurphys (48446) 2013-04-23 22:35
Spectacular image that hides a tragedy of the past. A true document this image, well taken.
Thanx for sharing this event.
CLODO (30060) 2013-04-23 23:57
Very good light to illuminate the bridge and coast, a sad and true story in your note. What was the lenght of that bridge?
SnapRJW (30911) 2013-04-23 23:58
Hello Gert - Both a fascinating and tragic story and your WS adds to my understanding of what happened. A lovely shot of the bridge that 'was'. High quality scan with glorious colour and light. Warm regards Rosemary
jhm (138230) 2013-04-24 4:41
This get we not everyday to see, a bridge that is disappear.
Your scanned picture shows us a wonderful image taken out a very good angle.
Excellent sharpness and clarity, also perspective an depth are perfect.
Very well done, TFS.
larsy (28) 2013-04-24 4:44
Bilden känns bekant på något sätt. Kan den vara tagen när du besökte oss på Tjörn?
mjw364 (7338) 2013-04-24 10:28
Interesting but sad story. It just goes to show how important images can be as visual documentation of history. Lovely late evening light and nice sky too. Well composed. 1980? I left school in 1979! Boy do I feel old - and Kodachrome slides - I could never afford them at the time! Thank god for digital - costs nothing!
rychem (22199) 2013-04-24 11:09
Excellent point of view, beautiful bridge, this is a photo documenting a piece of history, it is interesting how looks this bridge today, well done
npecanhuk (64240) 2013-04-24 19:55
Special regards to the management of light, colors, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Sonata11 (33225) 2013-04-24 21:50
very beautiful compo of this interesting and beautiful bridge with fantastic POV, perspective, colors, sharpen, clarity. Love it. Tfs.
mohammad_H (9196) 2013-04-25 11:41
Hi Magnificent and beautiful, and the view angle is very good capture beautiful sky background and the foreground with a river light, pleasant
agjika (3616) 2013-04-25 15:31
This is definitely not you! There are two things that make this photo, the pov and especially the light. I do not think I have seen bridge architecture quite like this before. Very elegant real shame is not there any more.
emka (77392) 2013-04-25 17:50
Hi Gert, Difficult to believe that you made this photo more than thirty years ago. The quality is fantastic. I love the evening light very much. And of course the documentary value is great. Already a TE meeting so many years ago? :))
It is strange that many things from our photos do not exist any more.
I spent two weeks in Top End and Red Center and probably I saw more of it than the average Australian :).
WArm regrads MAlgo
Graal (96783) 2013-04-26 0:00
interesting construction and architecture of bridge. Good shot and coposition. I like the warm light and hues also. Well quality of scan. Good presentation.
Have a nice day.
EstelleJ (921) 2013-04-26 9:07
Amazing capture, especially for a scan! Very good quality - sharpness, light, colors. The scene looks so peaceful, nothing seemed to foretell such a disaster. Even though, the darkened cloudy sky and the bright orange light of the sunset create a dramatic intense eerie mood. Or maybe I am reading too much into it after your note.
ktanska (24626) 2013-04-26 11:39
Quite a horrible disaster. That view makes me think that there are nowhere signs visible that would show the safe route below that bridge.
Excellent, slender design. Beautiful light and very good quality, both of Kodachrome and your scanning work.
ACL1978 (7467) 2013-04-27 8:30
This is a lovely photo, Gert, and I'm sad to read that this bridge met the end it did, along with the poor motorists who also lost their lives. Was this bridge ever rebuilt? Hopefully with a bit more structural integrity this time.
As for the shot itself, a nice angle in beautiful light for a good documentary shot of this ill-fated structure. Thanks!
Miguel82 (22861) 2013-04-27 8:40
An excellent document, picture taken just some months before the crash, excellent idea
Good story in your photo note
Excellent sharpness, pov and framing
adores (36183) 2013-04-27 15:40
Guess I had never seen it before! The bridge looked very modern and no wonder you have decided to stop - the moment was perfect with those rays of golden light. Good quality shot!
The Ws really gives an idea of the tragedy. A pitty this kind of disasters keep happening once in a while!
jusninasirun (17160) 2013-04-27 20:37
I was reading your note with anticipation and what a tragic event it was. You have managed an excellent shot at this bridge with golden light and lovely composition. Thanks for sharing this fine shot as apiece of history from your country.
Cricri (105303) 2013-04-28 9:10
Un contraste d'ombre et de lumière que vous avez bien saisi au bon moment, une image ancienne avec une qualité exceptionnelle, bravo
mcmtanyel (12463) 2013-04-28 13:01
As I look at this photo, I don't know what to say. TE wants us to go beyond "it is nice" or "It is beautiful", but what can a snapshot taker say to a photographer? Just, "I love it!" Thank you for preserving a beautiful image of this elegant structure before its unfortunate demise. This photo resonates with why I take pictures: "To preserve my memories for future generations."
Kielia (23351) 2013-04-29 6:02
a very fascinating sight and an excellently composed impression of the bridge. The light and the colors are fantastic. But what a tragedy you are mentioning here! I read your note with great interest when I remembered that I read about this disaster in the newspaper. My compliments!
Royaldevon (28641) 2013-04-29 13:04
O, wow, what a recording! This is not only a beautiful, well composed, photograph of the sunset gilded bridge, it is also a journalistic record of historic changes.
What a tragedy!
People would not expect the bridge to have disappeared and would have approached it at a normal speed!
My warm regards,
mkamionka (30220) 2013-04-29 13:55
spectacular photo. The light is fantastic. I like the contrast of the two areas the one lit by the setting sun and the shaded colder part. Great quality I would not guess that it is a scan. Obviously it has also a documentary value as the bridge does not exist anymore.
ChrisJ (96654) 2013-05-01 5:15
Something similar happened to the Tasman Bridge in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, in January 1975.
A good documentary shot of the bridge before it was damaged. Excellent sharpness and nice warm cold color contrasts between the yellow and blue. Tfs!
annjackman (19231) 2013-05-02 16:49
What a sad event.
The picture is stunning with impressive clarity and gorgeous colours. Excellent scanning. Your viewpoint emphasises the elegant lines of the bridge.
Thanks for showing this.
Kind Regards, Ann
p.s. still on route 66 with near record low tempertaures in Oklahoma and Texas.
zoomer (6) 2013-05-02 16:56
Hi,dramatic story to go with this outstanding picture!Superb exposure and scan.Wonderful atmosphere,friendly regards,Wolf.
sevy (15359) 2013-05-06 2:00
Very good lightning; a wish for photographer.
Good contrast and exposure setting to keep a good contrast with still details in lighted and shadow areas.
Angshu (55401) 2013-05-06 22:23
Definitely a different picture in your gallery. When I saw the WS post after reading your note, it is rather unfortunate to note that this bridge is no longer there.
You captured it in all glory with the beautiful low light which illuminates part of the bridge and the shore beyond. The contrast between shaded part and the lit up parts makes it attractive
Vasa (16760) 2013-05-07 15:29
My wife also have seen this wonderful light from Gotaland. She keeps superb souvenirs from Goteborg (school time). So glad to see you here Gert. I profit my short stay in Belgrade to see your work. Many thanks and best wishes for summer.
abmdsudi (42618) 2013-05-08 23:43
A beautiful scene in incredible depth and perspective taken from a nice pov. You have captured the majesty of the structures so beautifully and delicious to see on how the eye is lead so gently all the way and around from end to end of the curve. The colours and lighting are good, shaded by equally wonderful sky. This is a fine shot well treated despite its age., Well done, Congrats.
Ecureuil (506) 2013-05-14 3:43
j'aime beaucoup la chaleur des couleurs des zones de soleil, toujours contrastantes quand il y a du bleu. Une photo nette et parfaitement cadrée.Une note très utile qui fait un peu peine à lire quand on voit la beauté des lieux.
Un accident qui doit coûter cher.Regards.
Daniel (ex Danyy).
delpeoples (53001) 2013-07-13 23:25
Your note has given me goose bumps. What a terrible tragedy you depict and I can't keep my eyes off your "before shot". How tragic and what a beautiful bridge it was before the tragedy struck. The light has been caught beautifully. An impressive offering for TE, congratulations.
NorthernLight (2193) 2013-11-15 9:51
det finns flera saker som jag gillar med TrekEarth. Bland annat de intressanta rapporter som ofta åtföljer bilderna.
Din bild är utan tvekan fin. Ett speciellt ljus på en intressant kustlandskap med bro. Riktigt fin! Men lika bra jag gillar den medföljande text som berättar om en händelse, som jag aldrig hade hört om.
Tack för det! Jag ser att du har valt rätt professionen!
Ha en underbar helg
subhendu_bagchi (25593) 2013-12-26 3:35
sorry for this beautiful looking bridge and those lives which lost in that desaster. Anyway, this is a very nice composition as a photo. Excellent colour tone and clarity. Superb one from a nice angle. Tfs.
Hanssie (10397) 2014-04-15 1:03
Nice light making a golden picture.....