Some people have an obsession with photographing doors (who me? never), some windows (I do?? I don’t know what you’re referring to); some people love photographing the dilapidated signs attached to old buildings. (ok, I own that one…)
There are a multitude of things that one can find fascinating, especially when traveling to other countries. I never, however, thought that I would meet someone who was obsessed with fences, gates and walls. Sure enough, my Aunt Judy spent a great deal of our trip through Scotland and Ireland, with her eye on what types of barriers were up, whether they were stone, or wood, or barbed wire. At some point, we all became a bit taken with them but I can honestly say, I never thought I would have a preference in fencing…but I do. I am in love with the stone walls that dot the fields of Scotland and Ireland. Do you know which I’m referring to? The quintessential stone walls that spring to mind the second you think of both countries, like the ones in the photo above?
Given they aren’t very high, my guess is they were less about keeping people out and more about marking territory and, perhaps, keeping the animals in. Oh, and having stone fencing is definitely preferable when certain stubborn farm animals can’t be convinced that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. (yes, her head was stuck… don’t worry, we let the people who owned this farm in Ireland know)
We came across so many different forms of fencing and, I will say, if you’re a photographer looking to practice changing your aperture settings to control depth of field, fences, gates, and walls are a great way to do that.
Do you have a particular obsession when you’re traveling? Old cars? Stairs? What strikes you as fascinating when you’re checking out other parts of the country or traveling abroad?