WPC: Monochromatic

“This week, share with us your monochromatic images…” —WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The title of this sculpture is “The Steelworker” and it can be found outside a scrapyard in Niles, Ohio.

Self-improvement Efforts © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Self-improvement Efforts
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I used the Hipstamatic app (G2 lens, Ina’s 1935 film and the Triple Crown flash combination) to take this photo.


  10 comments for “WPC: Monochromatic

  1. October 9, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Thank you for your visit. 🙂


  2. September 12, 2015 at 5:20 AM

    Very cool, Allan (or maybe “What a hot photo!” would be more apropos.)



    • September 12, 2015 at 6:52 AM

      Hi Janet,
      It does have a bit of a Wall-e tone to it, doesn’t it? This is one of those subjects that had greater possibilities at night than during the light of day. That may have more to do with ‘me’ than ‘it’ this year, but I enjoyed my time working with it.


  3. alstacer
    September 11, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Did you steel yourself for this experience? The picture captures a certain irony… Sorry. I lived in Pittsburgh a couple of years in the ’50’s when the mills were going full steam. Natives, usually second generation immigrants, made fun of our southern accents. “Youse guys talk funny. Whats wid dis y’all? ” But there were goods folks. Sad to think that an area that cultivated working-class heroes has undergone so much hardship. Thanks for sharing your picture and story.


    • September 11, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      Hey, Al. Thanks for your comment. It reminds me of my experiences as a kid when we would go back to Ohio in the Summer and everyone would remark how much I sounded like a Southerner, yet in Florida everyone thought I sounded like a Damn Yankee. When we moved to California my co-workers were confused and asked, “Where did you say you were from?” Perhaps they meant “what Galaxy”, not what region of the U.S.


  4. September 11, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Are there still steel-workers in Ohio? I have a feeling they are an endangered species.
    Very nice choice,


    • September 11, 2015 at 10:13 AM

      Hey Bill,
      There are steelworkers in Ohio and they are a vanishing breed. The eerie thing about this sculpture is that is is just down the road from the site of Republic Steel—which now resembles the ruins of Chernobyl. There are vast acres of rubble and open land where huge mills and warehouses once stood. I had to pull over to the side of the road to process the enormity of what is gone from my youthful memory bank. The concept of a Workingclass Hero has definitely been reformatted these days. Ω

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      • September 11, 2015 at 10:25 AM

        You’ve also just described my hometown of Bridgeport, CT. Working-class Hero? Now there’s a term you don’t hear much anymore.


      • September 11, 2015 at 3:41 PM

        Not since the days of John Lennon (and to some extent, Vladimir).


  5. September 11, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Mono really captures the drama! Ah the flash yes good choice.

    Liked by 1 person

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