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October 3, 2017

My Unconventional Collection Grows…

Filed under: ART,Manhole covers / Street grates,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

I am a weird collector of normal everyday stuff.

Luckily ninety-nine percent of these things are not physical collections, but photographic ones.

The beauty of pattern, texture and design delight me so photographing things that reflect these are amongst my passions.

I like to record these not only because they are beautiful but also because we so often walk past these without looking up, around or down.

Today’s post is all about looking at our feet: at drain covers on the street.

It’s not just me who gets crazy about these either, Himself’s Aunt has joined me in my quest, taking photographs of drain covers whilst on holiday with her husband in China in 2016.

Aunty I’s first photograph is from the Grotegans-pagode, the next set are from Suzhou, followed by Xi’an and Yangshuo.

My Aunt’s husband will relieved that these are the last in this particular series, especially since she risked life and limb on occasion darting into roads during pauses in traffic to capture some of these images. No, this was not at my instigation or encouragement.  Stay safe Aunty! Therefore I extend many Thanks to “Aunty I”, for taking these,and adding some more examples to my collection.

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

Xi’an…

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

Yangshuo…

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

(photograph and Thanks to © Tante I)

September 15, 2017

Forget Finding The Dragon, Look For The Elephant’s Trunk…

Filed under: ART,Manhole covers / Street grates,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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We walk over manhole covers all the time, we pass by water mains covers and all sorts of things necessary for modern daily living. Many of these have beautiful patterns on their ironwork so I have been taking photographs of them whenever I can and posting the results here on my blog. Now one of Himself’s Aunt’s has joined in, with some excellent examples from her trip to China earlier this year. Many Thanks to Aunty for the photographs from Guilin and Shanghai here. Let’s take a look…

Zevensterren-park (Seven Star park)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

Olifantenslurf-heuvel (Elephant Trunk Hill)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

RIAN Water

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

Olifantenslurf-heuvel (Elephant Trunk Hill)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

Li-rivier

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

In Xintiandi

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

Shanghai

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

(photograph © Himself’s Aunty I)

April 24, 2017

Guilin And The Hidden City, The Collection Continues…

Filed under: ART,Manhole covers / Street grates,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Himself’s Aunt went on a trip to China with her husband last year, and when they got back I recieved a wonderful bonus to my collection of manhole / drain covers. All sorts of diverse patterns and even a few shapes make for some interesting ” wrought iron” creativity. The two places these were taken in was Guilin and the Forbidden City, even if the latter consists of only the last three photographs. My many thanks goes to Aunty “I”, for taking these for me, and for the many readers who enjoy these too.

(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)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 5, 2017

Clearly Shanghai Has Less Of A Taste For The Ornate…

Filed under: ART,China,Manhole covers / Street grates,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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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”)

(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”)

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")

(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”)

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)

 

 

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