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The Thames Barrier from Barrier Park.

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Great shot John! These things never cease to fascinate me- and your angle somehow makes them look like a line of open toe shoes with orange sling backs!
John Prior: That's good Elizabeth, an interesting descriptionsmile
These are the most interesting structures that i have ever seen Tom... you have framed this shot very well....petersmile
John Prior: Thanks Peter, a very successful design.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Apr 2012, 06:56
One hates to use the word iconic John - but...
John Prior: A very successful design, and the sentinel look is very appropriate smile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Apr 2012, 07:17
What in the world?! Sydney, Australia, comes to mind...but no cigar! What are these, John?
John Prior: The Thames flood barrier, between each structure is a cylindrical gate that rests in a trench on the river bed so ships can pass over when not in use. When high water threatens they rotate forming a solid barrier. A very successful design, so much so that the proposed barrier around the Venetian lagoon would work on the same principle.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Apr 2012, 10:06
Will have to go up and see it for myself John one day, superb and well framed capture.
John Prior: I like exploring the area with the DLR, thanks Peter
I've read your description. Are the 'buildings' used for anything? I suppose they hold the controls for each gate.
John Prior: They house some pretty heavy duty power for opening and shutting the 3300 tonne gates
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Apr 2012, 10:33
These barriers may save London one day
John Prior: As of November 2011, the Thames Barrier has now been closed 449 times, 119 of which have been to protect London from flooding since the barrier became operational in 1982. Cheers Vintage.
I can't remember how long this has been there now but it seems like a long time....i'll have to google it grin
John Prior: Since 1982 Bill
LOL... I love Elizabeth's comment. ... They are quite something here to view.
John Prior: So did I smile
This is a good angle John, I have also seen quite a few shots using only the shapes in quite artistic fashions, it must have been built especially for photographers.
John Prior: It is an interesting structure Brian, the cladding really catches the light and sky on a decent day, this shot was late evening and it was quite murky.
Interesting pattern interspersed with blobs of orange John.
John Prior: It does have the look of line of guards helmets, which given its purpose I really likesmile
  • noel
  • france
  • 14 Apr 2012, 09:50
Beautiful work done ,impressive buidings
Great image and a superb construction! You have used a great angle to compose this one.
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 14 Apr 2012, 17:03
lovely composition, love the tones too
Never seen these before, but now I have, and read about them too smile I like the picture, like viewing one shape from different angles....
  • sherri
  • Germany
  • 18 Apr 2012, 17:50
i never was a star trek fan, but this puts me in mind of it
Wonderful shot! Love the repetition of the same element. Nicely done.
Have a nice day.

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