Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Lines and Angles

Cee has challenged us to work with lines and angles in this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge.

My high school Geometry teacher was a West Point graduate who opened my eyes—and my mind—to a world of lines and angles that completely took over my life. I had about 5 years of experience with mechanical and architectural drawing at that point, but rote memory got me through using T-squares, triangles, and compasses to define the world on my drafting board.

Once I learned the fundamentals passed down from the ancient Greeks, my world never looked the same again. For 46 years as an electrician, I used geometry every day to bend conduit, read blueprints, or to sketch plans.

This one’s for Mr. Lee, along with a long overdue: Thank You, sir.

Daytime photo of bridge girders and supports underneath the roadway.


  15 comments for “Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Lines and Angles

  1. September 29, 2017 at 7:26 AM

    Great photo, my mind boggles with the planning of that!

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  2. alstacer
    September 28, 2017 at 10:30 PM

    Thank you Mr. Lee, not just for the algebra, but for the sincere response when they announced Kennedy’s assassination over the loudspeaker. I’ll never forget how he removed his glasses and wiped his eyes like Walter Cronkite did later that night. Thank you Mr. S for the pic and the memory of a really good teacher.


    • September 29, 2017 at 7:30 AM

      Thanks, Al. I was down the hall in Spanish class when that happened. We’ll have to take the bad along with the good on that day, for sure.


  3. September 28, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    A beautiful thank you, Allan. I always enjoyed geometry, although not in the depth you did. In fact, I liked math in general for its logic.



    • September 29, 2017 at 7:26 AM

      Thanks for your comment, Janet. The fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry rang my bell. I could see how and where I could make use of them immediately. When I got interested in photography years later I found an outlet for documenting the sights and images that I carried with me in my mind’s eye. It has been a wonderful journey.


  4. September 28, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    This photograph is amazingly intricate. Just mesmerizing while at the same time soothing to look at.


    • September 29, 2017 at 7:17 AM

      Thanks. It still has a hall-of-mirrors effect on me to this day. I’m glad you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • September 29, 2017 at 10:03 AM

        Where was the picture taken?


      • September 30, 2017 at 7:00 AM

        I took that photo nine years ago in a containment area under the North Approach of the Golden Gate Bridge. My tool partner and I had to go up and remove a large light fixture so that some scaffolding could be set up and I took a few photos along the way.

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      • September 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

        That’s so awesome. It’s like an inside look of the bridge.


      • September 30, 2017 at 1:42 PM

        The view is even more impressive when the temporary plywood floor is gone.

        Liked by 1 person

      • September 30, 2017 at 2:17 PM

        I can only imagine 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  5. September 28, 2017 at 12:03 PM

    You know I totally love this photo. Wonderful Allan. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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