Monday, November 2, 2009

The Show Must Go On . . .

In the post just below this one a similar photo of this green bicycle was posted, with the question raised as to how the photo came to be . . . Well, it wasn't a double exposure, and the bicycle was not a reflection. The truth is no doubt grimmer than that . . . the bicycle had been heaved over the side of bridge into a canal in the city of Amiens. Hopefully the rider escaped unharmed by whatever calamity befell the bike . . .
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And this is the canal where the bicycle was thrown in, thrown in while shouting, screaming, wait, don't do it, I can't swim ! And as it couldn't swim, it sank . . .
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19 comments:

@eloh said...

I like the two bird reflections here.

I wonder why the owner didn't fish out his bike.

That is the chicken said...

Great shots both of them! I love the houses in the water. Poor bike! Thanks for the info about John's blog. I do often visit it but haven't lately...I'm on my way there now to see VW's!

pRiyA said...

just saw the pic of the wreckorantula spider. gosh, what an awesome specimen that is! thanks for the introduction...that blog has some amazing pictures too. thank you :-)

your pictures in this post are beautiful. the green bike gleams like a jewel in the canal. and look at those houses beside the water!

K'line Bloom said...

Owen,
Ce n'est pas mon vélo dans le canal...quoique, après l'épisode de la grève des transports à L., cela aurait pu se produire...
J'aime beaucoup cette photo de vélo noyé, va savoir pourquoi ! Y verrai-je la fin de TmLG ? Bon, j'arrête de "remuer le couteau dans la plaie" (quelle image atroce!).
Bonne journée cher Owen, ce sera sous la pluie chez moi...avec un petit verre de tise pour me consoler.
Cheers,
K'line

Martin H. said...

Owen

Two really nice photographs. I'm sure that bicycle is pleading for someone to rescue it.

Babzy said...

I know pretty well Amiens and i like your shots ;)

Steve said...

The metal on the wheels and pedals looks almost golden in the water... strange alchemy is obviously at work here...

desi said...

The show must go ooooonnnn.....Pink Floyd!
you are good Owen
:)

photos up at the Photoclub!! :D

jeff said...

Bon sang ! Mais c'est bien sûr ! ! ! Le vélo est au fond du canal ! ! !...
Je m'ai trompé...
Là, je suis encore essouflé car je vien de remonter un Enorme tonneau de la cave et... Tient ! Le bouchon vient de faire "pop" tout seul, en sautant, tant la tise doit acrocher à l'intérieur !...
Bon, bien... je te laisse Owen ! on fait comme dab ! je te l'envoie par qui tu sais...

Ciao amigo !
A +...

Jeff

J said...

I wonder if it's killer ever hears a clinky, squishy rolling sound as they're walking down dark alleys.

Owen said...

@eloh, the pigeons were a happy coincidence, adding a little life to the shot... as for the owner, I'm hoping he or she wasn't also in the water under the bridge... you'd think someone would want to fish the bike out, just need a bit of rope with a hook on the end, and up she comes...

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Dear Chicken That Is, well, you could get in your colorful old VW and just drive right on over to Norway to track down its cousins in the woods there... ah, so you already knew about John's great photo blog ? Good stuff there for sure ...

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Hi Priya, well, it's normal that it was gleaming like jewels in the water there, that was an ancient model belonging to the royal family, with emerald dust paint and pure gold and silver parts... the reason it was still in the canal was that the schools of evil canal piranha fish had fought off all recovery efforts . . .

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Chère K'line, aie aie aie, ah, ce couteau dans la plaie à se remouer sous la pluie, aie, ça me donne des frissons... bon, si ce n'était pas encore ton vélo, cela pourrait l'être... je te donne rendez-vous auprès du canal à Amiens pour minuit demain soir ? C'est juste en bas de la Cathédrale, qui est jolie la nuit, d'ailleurs... bon, c'est peut-être un peu loin, non?
:-D

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Hi Martin, yes, from under the water it was sending up green shimmering messages for help...

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Bonjour Babzy, there will be a few other pictures from this foray into Amiens coming soon... I'd like to spend some more days walking around there...

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Steve, certainly, strange alchemy in strange waters (Strange Waters being the title to an excellent song by Bruce Cockburn)... well, if you think there may be some gold there, you may want to hightail it over to Amiens, it's not even an hour from Calais...

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Desi, Wonderful, I'll be right over... took a quick peek this afternoon, but need to come back and look closer, and comment ! You are the greatest !

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Bon, Jeff, tu viens avec K'line pour minuit demain soir à Amiens, et remonterait ce velo de l'eau ??? Après avoir monté un tonneau de tise, ce velo, c'est rien du tout...

Owen said...

J, I'm sure whoever tossed that bike in the drink is going to be having bad dreams about hungry gear sprockets with very sharp teeth for as long as they live... dreams which usually end with a big SPLASH !

Holly said...

Nice! The weird thing is that our zine is titled Buried in the Canal from a story about a person being buried in the water, but I never actually thought of all the other stuff that's in canals too.

The Sagittarian said...

hey thats way cool! I took heaps of 'bike' photos when I was in Amsterdam - couldn't help it, found them parked in so many ways etc

Owen said...

Hi Holly, wow, you found your way over here fast ! Well, I'm just hoping the owner of that bike isn't buried in the canal ! Glad to see people appreciating Theo's work, he's really, really gifted imho...

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Saj, good to see you out and about... hope to see some more of your Amsterdam period photos, I remember the one you shared with us a while back there...
Cheers ! And oh boy, it's Tuesday already where you are, I think ! Getting thirsty already...

James said...

It's a shame that someone hasn't rescued the poor bike. It does make for a good picture though. I love the reflection in the bottom picture especially the bird.

Nathalie said...

Très très belle, ta deuxième photo avec cette perspective de maisons bien proprettes le long du canal. On a l'impression que tout vient d'être lavé et repeint de frais, c'est impressionnant.

Quant au vélo dans l'eau, j'imagine un acte de vandalisme : tu piques le vélo, tu t'amuses avec pendant un moment et puis tu le jettes à l'eau pour t'en débarasser. Le propriétaire ne sait sûrement pas qu'il est là. C'est bien triste, même si ça fait une belle photo fantômatique tout à fait adaptée pour Halloween.

Owen said...

Hi James, thanks very much... the birds were a happy coincidence... hopefully some galant soul will come along and save the bike from rack and ruin...

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Bonjour Nathalie, tu as raison, ces maisons avaient l'air d'avoir été refaites neuves, en tout cas, très bien maintenues... et sans doute raison aussi pour le vilain vandal des vélos...

the watercats said...

i can see myself as an artisan musician in one of those little houses.. the one in the middle... hhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm...