Watch Tower Posted on Wednesday, 11th December , 2013 by Stephen G. Hipperson Not been used for some time. —-Stephen—- Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPinterestLike this:Like Loading... Related
Did you climb it to get a picture of the view? 😉
No. The base was locked. (the stairs looked a bit dodgy too.)
A lonely sight up there in that wonderful light.
(Amazing what deceivers we photographers can be!)
This has rather sinister connotations …for somebody who remember WW II. ( I was born in 1937).
Good photo – is it a beach-guard watch post ?
the ‘Stalag’ idea occurred to me as I saw a picture of the same tower earlier in the week (the co-incidence of me happening upon the same tower is amazing, bearing in mind the sort of day I was having). I was tempted to go for the all out forbidding look, but felt a softer approach might give a little ambiguity, which is why I positioned myself to pull in the reflection on the top left of the tower. But I also left in the small line of trees at the bottom right, as in all my experience of ‘Stalags’ is motion picture based and they always seemed to be surrounded by trees.
As to being a beach-guard post – not in this case, as the tower is at least 60miles from the nearest sea. It’s actually on the edge of a show ground, where annual events take place, typically agricultural fairs and the like.
In that case, here in the US it would be a forest
fire-tower. This one being for short stays as a look out for any problem in nature or among the people.
Fortunately I lived a very safe and protected life as a child in a war, but the adults did talk a lot about what was happening and to this day images of those far-gone years still shake me up. That is probably why I find your photo so powerful.
Your perception reinforces the general view that the viewer’s interpretation is very much about the ‘baggage’ they bring with them. Although not in this case, I am often surprised the reactions I (like most image makers) get to some of my pictures.
In Finland near the Russian border we have few of them. I am not if they are still in use.
I bet they make great wildlife spotting places.