For a change, I decided to actually go for a camera-walk with the specific Friday Shoot Out theme for this week in mind: Fences and gates!
You’ll be following me on one of the routes I walk quite frequently.
First, we cross this footbridge over the railway.
It has fences or railings too high to lean out over.
Getting off the bridge, we turn right and walk along the railway. They put up this fence some years ago to prevent people (mostly school kids) from using an unofficial shortcut path to cross the railway. Of course that section of the fence didn’t last more than one day… I don’t think anyone even made an attempt to replace it, as it would no doubt just be taken down again the next
day night. Putting up the fence was an offical statement: “We don’t want you to cross here because it’s dangerous.” Leaving the gap in the fence is an unofficial statement: “At your own risk!”
(I’m old enough now not to be too fond of steep and slippery paths… So I do take the longer way round!)
As a contrast, on the opposite side of the road, there is a gate without a fence, leading into an old cemetry. (They’ve just been taking down the old fence and hedge, and are planting a new hedge.)
A bit further on, we turn right and take a footpath between some apartment buildings down to the river. Along which there is a rusty metal fence.
There’s also a footbridge across the river...
… just beneath the railway bridge.
Reaching the end of the footbridge, there is a kind of gate to slow us down and stop us from rushing out in the street without looking.
Across the road from the supermarket, they’re building new apartment houses. The building site is surrounded by fences and gates.
Let’s take another route back, so that I can show you this impressive old iron gate set in a stone wall.
And on the other side of the road, an elaborate iron fence topped with barbed wire. The building is an old factory, nowadays offices. The sign over this entrance says “The Migration Board”. Can’ help but think the fence might feel a bit intimidating for immigrants approaching the building from this direction…
When they put up this fence and got to the end, they got creative…
This time we cross the river by the ‘big’ bridge.
There is a dam with a waterfall beneath this bridge; and on both sides there are steps leading down to the water. There are fences to keep you from falling in, of course!
On the other side of the road, they’ve recently built a new playground, with a net fence to stop the kids from running out into the street.
Walking along the railway again, approaching home… The footbridge from the first picture is just behind those bushes.