Cheat Lake Bridge

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I am not sure how long I will be able to photograph bridges with my pinhole camera. Bridges are impressive structures that we normally take for granted, but in addition to being essential, they offer a graphic design that is interesting and can be shown in numerous ways. This is an image of the old Cheat Lake bridge near Morgantown, West Virginia. It was replaced a number of years ago by a bridge that services Route 68, but is still used by local traffic.

My concern about how long I will be able to take these pictures stems from the current hysteria over photographers taking a picture of anything that might be considered a terrorist target, which covers just about any manmade structure, as well as any natural formations one may wish to imagine as being at risk. My experience has been that common sense does not apply in these situations, as small cameras and many cell phones can collect information more efficiently than a camera that requires a tripod and the changing of a sheet of film following each exposure. Of course, common sense and logic is seldom allowed in such discussions, so we should enjoy these things while we still have the ability.


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3 Responses to Cheat Lake Bridge

  1. Barb says:

    Is a copy of this photo for sale?

  2. glsmyth says:

    Barb –

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, I can provide this image as a silver gelatin print. Please email me via and let me know the size you would like the print. george

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