Remote Caller

photo telegraph pole in black and white

Telegraphic relic(s)

Revisiting some old pictures of an intriguing single copper phone line wending its way across fields, hedgerows and hills in Peover, Cheshire. I like things such as this, the intrigue of it, historic telecom’s infrastructure. I’m always fascinated by these exposed systems, telecom’s and power.

For those of us with a more technical bent it is intriguing to think about and visually asses and analyse how these systems work, interconnect, and what we may hear if we were to ‘tap’ into the line with a signal tracer or data reader. In many remote parts of Cheshire much of the old copper wire infrastructure has now already been replaced by overhead fiber-optic systems with their characteristic pole accessories and additional interesting clutter.

This image has been treated with an orton off-set process and texture layers.

  • Title: Single Line
  • Taken: 17 September, 2020
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Copyright: Oliver Wood, all rights reserved

Remote caller in blue orton process

telegraph pole against sky with orton filter

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