Saturday, February 6, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Concrete Removal

The views past offers an interesting take on the shadowy world, at least in my memories. The scanner has been a fine tool, allowing me to digitize the past.

For Tracy's Shadow Shot Sunday, I present the ongoing home modifications to accommodate the then new wheelchair. The date here is 31 October 1996, and the sidewalk in front of the house is being removed in order to dig and pour a concrete ramp for wheelchair egress.

It was a crisp and wonderful Autumn day, a fine day to chronicle the contractor at work.







The eaves and overhangs provide the shadows on top. In the middle, the backhoe shadow is more visible, its arm and bucket leaving a shadow.

The more interesting thing is how the power equipment just pulled up the old walkway in one piece. The shadow of the underside of this piece including the soil attached leaves lumps of clay that have the appearance of a mountain range.







With the concrete pulled up and flipped over, the workmen can now have fun breaking the massive piece into smaller pieces of rubble, easier to load into the waiting dump truck.

The gentleman at work leaves a shadow in motion. And like other contractors, the baseball cap is prominent in the subject and shadow alike. I think the excavating work is fun for those that like to flip levers and operate heavy equipment like this John Deere. The ramp concrete was poured two days later...See the photo artists and their shadowy subjects at Hey Harriet!




38 comments:

sarayutouched said...

i like his profile on the backhoe...men at work...concentrating on the task at hand. have a wonderful day/weekend ralph.

Catherine said...

like the last one especially of the distorted worker...

Sylvia K said...

Great shots as always, Ralph! Love the last one in particular! The worker does indeed look distorted! Hope you're having a great weekend!

Sylvia

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Backhoe’s massive maw
crunching concrete with its jaw—
lo, I stand in awe!

Golden West said...

Wow! That contractor doesn't mess around. We've removed our share of concrete but always used jackhammers!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hard job but will be a beauty within.

You really catch the perfect angle when your contractor in action, huh?

Come over and join the fun at my place.

Have a blessed week-end bro and your family.

Happily Retired Gal said...

Looking at you share your scanned photos makes me think I'd like to make going through my archives a higher priority. Perhaps when my sister hits the road again I'll have more time for such a project. The worker's shadow in the 3rd shot is my favorite.
Hugs and blessings,
Small Reflections

Serendipity said...

I've been scanning pictures this week too :) I like the third shot best!

christina said...

Hello, you show us workpicture today!! The man in shadow, i like it! Have a nice week!

jabblog said...

Marvellous subjects for photography and great shadows. I quite fancy operating some heavy machinery - I'd probably last about 5 minutes :-)

Rosebud Collection said...

The shadow of the worker was neat..but they all were good. I find it so interesting that since we started looking for shadows..amazing where we find them.
Happy SSS.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Cool shadows Ralph! Aren't we glad we have scanners - for sure!!
I am always amazed watching construction equipment make a hard job and easy one - it looks so effortless!
Enjoy your weekend!

Carin said...

Hi Ralph, You were the first to visit my shadow post. Yep like you I thinks its great that scanners allow us to digitize the past! Brings back loads of memories too! Great shadows of a great job and LOL that man's shadow is distorted!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Hot Fudge said...

Thank goodness for scanners. What a fascinating story your images tell and now you have them stored safely away on your computer.

By coincidence, this week my husband took a couple of hundred old photos to a local office supplies store where they whizzed them through a scanner and saved them onto disks. We have passed copies onto the children, so if the house burns down, that's one less thing we have to worry about!

Sam said...

Love these! That last shot is art! I really like the angle of the digger and the man half in the shot with his shadow! The colour of the blue sky and yellow of the digger are great too. Thank goodness for scanners - I think it's important to digitise one's past photos because they may not survive otherwise.

Hope you're having a lovely Sudnay Ralph!

Stine in Ontario said...

Ralph,
It's amazing what you find in your treasure trove of photos! Lovely shadows and a bit of history!

Cassie said...

I truly enjoy the narratives that accompany your shadow shots! The clumps of clay forming shadowy mountains...yes!!

Everything said...

shadows always make everything lood beautiful

Eden said...

Great shadow shots, Ralph. I love the last one the best.

Sweet Repose said...

What a lot of work, but the results are surely needed and appreciated.

I too have a ramp into my home, however it's wood, but I had to bring the home up to code to have a biz in it.

But even as the shop has moved, I don't regret one bit having the ramp, it's great for dragging all the furniture and junk into my studio...the ramp stays, as long as I do!

Gallery Juana said...

I think you need a nice, smooth, trust-worthy ramp for a wheel chair. It must have been fun to watch all that work get done.

LDH said...

A big noisy backhoe able to crush concrete ~ it fills a boy (or boy at heart) with fascination. My husbands uncle (who lived next door) had lots of heavy equipment that he found so interesting growing up.

Love the shadow in motion!!!

Christine said...

All the work that John Deere accomplished with seeming ease must have been a fine thing for a guy to watch. The bottom photo is my favorite - the workerguy (a term one of my sons used as a child) and his cap are perfectly captured here.

Hey Harriet said...

That's incredible that they were able to remove the whole slab of concrete without breaking it up first. I love this set of photos, with the last one of the worker being my favourite. Yay for scanners! Have a great week Ralph!

Paula Scott said...

Shadows of the past that represent a past shadow...how quickly our lives can change so drastically! The nice part is, that we have the ability to accept and adapt and celebrate what we have.
Hope the snow doesn't keep you too home bound.

Greyscale Territory said...

These are unique shadows that you probably don't want to see too often! Especially if they connect with destruction! But this destruction is a good kind! Setting up something new and very useful! Great shots!

BLOGitse said...

That was a project. And what a result - free way for you to move.
I can see great shadows too! :)

Have a beautiful SS Sunday!

BLOGitsePHOTOS

Sarah said...

I would love to have a go with some of that machinery! It is amazing how temporary concrete is when faced with the combination of man and machine. I like the shadows created-especially the one of the man in his cap and the way it is distorted by the uneven surface.
I had a look at Linus over on Pattee's blog and was amazed to see his brother Rigby is very similar to Berti's brother Ernie! You are right, they must be cousins!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Nice strong, interesting shadows! Thanks for being so colour observant, by the way, when it comes to
commenting on boring walls!

Beverley Baird said...

Great shadows! You've got a diary of the work done - and some wonderful shadows as well!

frayedattheedge said...

Excellent photos, made more so with the story behind them!

Paz said...

Looks like a lot of work went into it but it was worth it. Great shadows.

Paz

Pagan Sphinx said...

The shadow of the workman is especially interesting. These have an artistic, pre-digital quality to them. Not sure what camera you used.

And did you even think to turn the rubble into contemporary art? hahaha ;-)

Diane AZ said...

That must have been fun to watch. I love the man's shadow in the last one. Interesting post!

Jacqui said...

I have a 3 year old who is a bit obsessed with construction vehicles and stuff - he would love these shots. I am so enjoying your shadow shots, along with the fascinating stories that go with them

Martha Z said...

Digitizing old photos give us the opportunity to reflect on days gone by.
Tonight I looked for a photo to put on a card for my son's 40th birthday and found one from his fifth. Lots of memories in a pile of old photos.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

So cool you're scanning your old photos. Lots of great shadows in those photos!

maryt/theteach said...

Interesting how they do that, Ralph! Great Shadow shots! :)