Modern bridges come in all shapes and design these days from elegant slender tubular bridges to graceful angular bridges. All have their own particular different artistic merits and lend themselves wonderfully to the creative eye of the photographer.
In recent years bridges have almost become our version of modern day city sculptures but on a grand scale. They are no longer just practical structures to carry people over roads and rivers but have become landmarks in our city skylines.
Photographing these eye catching bridges is most compelling and it is hard for any photographer to ignore them. However it is how the photographer chooses to depict these structures, which determines how striking the final image will be to the viewer.
This is a picture of the new Hungerford Bridge in London. I took it on a clear bright day, where lots of strong dark shadows were being cast across the bridge.
I wanted to highlight the strong lines of the cables that cover this bridge and so I chose to shoot in black and white.
The bridge is rather unusual in design and actually encases a much older railway bridge and so choosing the best angle to take the picture from was rather difficult.
I decided that I wanted to have the railway building included in the picture as the angled lines on the glass windows helped to mirror the angled diamond shape of the bridge.
There are many strong lines in this picture that guide the eye around the image easily, first down then across then up to the building in the far right corner.
This next picture is by Jef Poskanzer2 shows how modern bridges span various aspects of our urban environments. Here it is a motorway.
This is a stunning photograph; the use of the movement of the cars against the rock steadiness of the bridge gives a very intriguing juxtaposition.
The slow shutter speed has allowed the headlights of the speeding cars to create colourful light trails across the image horizontally, whilst also capturing as much light from the fading evening sky to illuminate the bridge and capture the last glimmers of orange from the sunset.
To capture an image like this would have required a tripod to keep the bridge completely sharp and in focus whilst using a slow shutter speed.
Another great photograph of one of today's modern bridges, this time taken by Matthew Fang.
This time he has exaggerated the curving structure of the bridge by either using a special fisheye lens or by adding an effect afterwards with computer software.
Either way it has made this picture stand out and has transformed the image into an eye-catching piece of photography art.
The use of the sky as almost the total backdrop for the bridge has also added to the dynamics of the picture, but keeping the lights from the shoreline ensures that there is plenty of interest for the viewer to explore.
This last black and white photograph of a contemporary bridge is by Wilihy Brid.
I liked the simplicity of this image; the use of the underside of the bridge structure adds intensity and depth to an otherwise blank canvas.
This is good use of composition as it pulls the viewer into the centre of the picture before the eye notices the curving effect added to the shoreline.
A very strong and powerful image and a good illustration of how the combination of photography art and the designs of modern bridges can transform the atmosphere of our urban spaces into vibrant exciting places.