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February 5, 2017

Clearly Shanghai Has Less Of A Taste For The Ornate…

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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!

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

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(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

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(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

Xintiandi…

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

(photograph © “Tante I”)

January 29, 2017

Touring China, …Man Hole Cover Style!

Filed under: ART,China,Manhole covers / Street grates,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")

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(photograph © "Tante I")

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(photograph © “Tante I”)

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(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”)

January 24, 2017

Isselburg-Anholt: The Accidental Manhole Cover…

Isselburg-Anholt in Germany is a sweet little town just a stone’s throw from the Dutch border, close to Breedenbroek and Dinxperlo. Regular readers will be well aware that I love silly mundane things like ornate street drain grates and manhole covers. Having accidentally stepped over the border in our quest for lunch, I take the opportunity to catch a snap and add this one to my collection.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 27, 2016

Aquagates and Aquaways, My Collection Grows…

Regular readers will know that I love quirky things like funny shaped letterboxes, street paver brick patterns in the road or on buildings and painted electrical substations.  I also love wraught iron drain covers and the patterns on them. Today’s post is about a drain cover that I thought I had photographed as a duplicate of an earlier post. But something kept me from deleting these photos, and just as well because they were not the same at all. The first one has the word ” aquagate” and the second “aquaway” but both sport the logo of the Hague, the stork. I m deleighted to hav  new “find” and my collection slowly grows…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A Stylized Logo Of A Beautiful Bird…

October 19, 2016

A Stylized Logo Of A Beautiful Bird…

Regular readers of my blog know that I love the creative patterns that can be found on drain / man-hole covers. This is one that can be found in the city of The Hague in The Netherlands, and it carries the symbol of the Hague,  the stork. This bird is portrayed in many forms around the city, from stylistic logos to realistic renditions. All are beautiful in their own way. Even if it’s one like this that many people don’t even take notice of as they walk down the street.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

October 10, 2016

I don’t Have The Stomach For That Kind Of Car…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

On the way home from our holiday in Germany last summer, we needed to take several comfort stops because Kiwi Daughter and I suffer from motion sickness and car journeys are always problematic.

Himself has learned the hard way that it’s better to stop frequently so that we can take a few steps outside and get a breath of fresh air, rather than suffer the consequences of trying to push on “just a few kilometers more” (it never was “just a few kilometers” btw).

I had happened to mention a few minutes earlier that I needed a little break from the road and Himself was on the lookout for a good place to pull over.

All of a sudden we came up to a building and spied a sports car in a driveway, and since Little Mr was now suddenly interested too, we stopped there. This is clearly an expensive machine: it’s bright red and eye catching.  An interesting manhole drain cover catches my eye too, as does the pattern of the fence around the property and the  security ironwork around the windows.  One thing is for sure, I don’t have the stomach for ever trying to go as fast as that sports car can go.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

September 14, 2016

Diversity Of The Locations And The Creativity Of The Designers…

This post needs little introduction for regular readers who know that I delight in the small things in life: even the patterns on manhole covers. I find that this one simple item in use all around the world, can display so many beautiful and distinctive patterns that show off the diversity of the places they are located in and the creativity of the people who design them. This manhole cover in Trier is no exception…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

June 22, 2016

Hungary… For More Drain Covers!

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(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

I have several family members who follow my blog and it’s wonderful to find out that not only do they love my posts, they also show that they are very like-minded and supportive by being willing to contribute to them!

Himself has a “Tante” (Aunt) who has revealed herself as being especially adept with a camera, these are her photographs and they are to be proud of!

She and her husband were recently on holiday in Hungary, and more specifically in Budapest and afterwards I received a wonderful email with some attachments asking if  I would be interested in these included photographs for my blog?

Would I ever ?! These are brilliant! I am more than delighted to have if, not a convert to loving drain covers, at least a cohort who doesn’t mind taking photographs of them on my behalf. Thank You Tante I !!!

The Hungarian capital appears to be full of interesting and beautiful drain covers, and these under appreciated pieces of ironmongery artwork deserve to gain some wider recognition. I have of course amended the photograph credit and copyright mention to include her newly bestowed web nickname “Tante I” since I did not take these photographs myself. I love these: they combine floral and geometric images, heraldic crests, words and fantastic patterns, what’s not to love?

In fact the more I look at these the more I see, even some that seem similar aren’t: the words are different for instance, or the same motif is used again but in a different arrangement. So far my favourite is the sixth photo in this post, it’s ” the square one with “Tihany” written twice on it, I especially love the motif that looks like a stylised cross-section of a  canal or waterway with “water” in it … and entrance to an underground stream, or something more “effluent-ial”? who knows… it’s got character though so that makes it a winner in my eyes. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course, I’m sure we would all have our own favourites… what’s yours?

(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)

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(photograph © Tante I)

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(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)

February 17, 2016

You Guessed It, Another Item For Another Of My Quirky Collections…

I mentioned the day before yesterday that regular readers  would be familiar with my love of quirky things. In that post the “quirky” was a vehicle, and in today’s post it’s one of my old favourites: a manhole cover. Ever since I realised that manhole covers came in a massive variety of (often) amazing patterns, and started to photograph them a few years ago, my collection has grown. I have even had contact with others who are even more seriously fanatical about them than I am, and been featured on a website that features manhole covers as it’s sole subject. Here, at the former gasworks in Amsterdam I discovered another manhole cover for my quirky collection…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 23, 2015

Not Going Down The Drain Any Time Soon…

Regular readers know that I have a fascination with the strangest of things… ordinary, every day things, like doors, windows, letter boxes, drain covers and grills. Yes! It’s another drain cover post! Here in Maastricht I found not just one beautiful, round, metal beauty, but three!  Lovers of pattern and drain covers … enjoy!!!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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