How to Photograph a Bridge

As part of the interview I did with Kaitlin O’shea recently, she wrote a nice piece on how to photograph historic bridges and identify some features that stand out among the rest of the bridges we see on roadways in America, Europe and elsewhere. When asked if this could be republished in the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles, she gave me the green light with a push to encourage others to do the same when coming across an ancient artifact on a less used road. Here are some tips on how to identify the uniqueness of a historic bridge from the lens of her camera…… 🙂

Preservation in Pink

In the world of transportation and preservation, Ispendalotoftimearoundbridges, conducting resource IDs, evaluating the historic significance of these bridges and reviewing projects for any adverse effects to our historic bridges and adjacent historic resources. Anyone who conducts resources IDs in the field knows that photographing the project area and the resource is a vital part of documentation and research. Why are photographs important? By photographing particular elements of structures – whether buildings or bridges – it is possible to date the historic resource by construction methods and materials used. Architectural styles date buildings, but also date bridges. Railings, deck systems and truss types allow for dating bridges.

Most often, preservationists photograph buildings and districts, but not necessarily bridges.  Just as it is important to properly photograph a building (all elevations, 3/4 shots, details, context), there is a correct way to photograph bridges. The…

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