Local Heart, Global Soul

January 29, 2017

Touring China, …Man Hole Cover Style!

Filed under: ART,China,Manhole covers / Street grates / Bollards,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

Who on earth goes around photographing mundane things like ornate ironwork drains and man hole covers?

Regular readers will know that the “normal” everyday objects around us are amongst the things that delight me, the patterns are often well thought out and are small art forms in themselves.

The fact that we give them barely a thought as we rush around our every day lives does not make them any less beautiful, but it is my hope that in drawing attention to their presence, their overlooked  status can be shown  little more appreciation.

Now I have managed to inflict the collecting bug to members of my extended family. One of Himself’s Aunts, not only follows this blog but has also previously contributed photographs of man hole covers that she has taken whilst on holiday.

This time she and her husband were on holiday in China, and suddenly out of the blue I was gifted with a memory stick full of photographs from their China travels. (Yes, in case you were wondering, there were also other albums full of scenery etc too!). I was a tad concerned when I read in her email that on occasion her husband got photographs of man hole covers in the middle of roads.

She didn’t actually mention if there were any cars present at the time, or if he was evading the local rush-hour, or something in between, of course I was extremely quick to reply that on NO account should any chances be taken with their personal safety. Not even the most beautiful photograph is worth risking life and limb for.  Naturally all credit goes to my Aunt and Uncle, since my Aunt is the instigator of these, I will list the credit as ” Tante I ” and give her a huge “Thank You”! There are quite a few of these so instead of dumping them here in one go, I will slot in some in from time to time.

Therefore the first one to kick off this new series are photographs taken in Beijing. I noticed that many of these ones have a similar format, a sort of “template”: they are all different, maybe the differences are to do with age, every new set gets a small revision, maybe there are different styles for different suburbs or districts, possibly it’s a combination of both… or some completely different reason. For what ever reason, there is everything here for the more basic plain ones to more decorative, and being in love with texture, form, pattern and design, I love them all….

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © "Tante I")

(photograph © “Tante I”)

7 Comments »

  1. This calls for a man hole competition… Nice assortment..

    Comment by Mother Hen — January 29, 2017 @ 1:18 am | Reply

    • Mother Hen,
      What an excellent idea! I’d love to see more of these from all around the world, I’m certain that we would all get many pleasant surprises when it comes to discovering some wonderfully creative designs. 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 31, 2017 @ 10:34 am | Reply

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  3. Very interesting.

    Comment by oldpoet56 — January 29, 2017 @ 4:39 am | Reply

    • Oldpoet56,
      Thank You, I am delighted to see that it’s not just me who finds these beautiful:)

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 31, 2017 @ 10:37 am | Reply

  4. […] Back on the twenty-first of January 2017, I started featuring a series of manhole covers that an Aunt of Himself took whilst visiting China.   In this post we saw just a few of the examples she and her husband found whilst in Beijing.  These next examples are from Shanghai and Xintiandi, and it’s interesting to note the differences between them.  Of Xintiandi there are sadly only two: pity, because these are by far the more decorative of the two, the Shanghai style keeping to very geometric forms. They may not be quite as pretty as the others but the examples they found in Shanghai are all different, and a collection can not only be made  entirely of the most decorative examples. Once again all kudos goes to “Tante I” for capturing these photographs.  I find it very interesting in that they did not find one that strayed significantly from the geometric style: clearly Shanghai has less of a taste for the ornate. Touring China, …Man Hole Cover Style! […]

    Pingback by Clearly Shanghai Has Less Of A Taste For The Ornate… | Local Heart, Global Soul — February 5, 2017 @ 1:02 am | Reply


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