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framing suggestion:
I was wrong on several accounts about this bridge. Firstly, because Brunel built much of the
early rail network that connected the capital with the West Country, I'd assumed he'd built this
one too (it was Thomas Telford); secondly that it was never for road, only rail, access (wrong:
it carries the A5 to Holyhead; the nearby Britannia Bridge carries road and rail traffic); thirdly
that it was never for foot passengers, which turned out to be wrong because when it was built
(in 1826) it pre-dated rail and was only used for foot passengers and horse-drawn carriages;
and fourthly, that it is called the Menai Bridge, when properly speaking it's called the Menai
Suspension Bridge, and 'Menai Bridge' actually refers to the small town at its northern edge.
Anyway, I'm a photographer, not an historian. How many historians do you know that take
pictures in infra-red, like this one?
Infra-red photography is a bit of a black art (or black and white art, if you don't mind the pun)
in that you have to choose the subject carefully and give more than usual attention to the
colour and quality of the light. It works best when infra-red radiation (as light, not heat) is
reflected by stone-clad buildings (as here), foliage (especially in summer), blue skies, etc. and,
in my view, only works as black and white conversions (you get a red negative). I don't like
the false look of colour infra-red, but it's very useful as an applied photography tool
(photo-microscopy, petri dishes, aerial land-use photography, etc).
I was wrong on several accounts about this bridge. Firstly, because Brunel built much of the early
rail network that connected the capital with the West Country, I'd assumed he'd built this one
too (it was Thomas Telford); secondly that it was never for road, only rail, access (wrong: it
carries the A5 to Holyhead; the nearby Britannia Bridge carries road and rail traffic); thirdly that it
was never for foot passengers, which turned out to be wrong because when it was built (in 1826)
it pre-dated rail and was only used for foot passengers and horse-drawn carriages; and fourthly,
that it is called the Menai Bridge, when properly speaking it's called the Menai Suspension Bridge,
and 'Menai Bridge' actually refers to the small town at its northern edge. Anyway, I'm a
photographer, not an historian. How many historians do you know that take pictures in infra-red,
like this one?
Infra-red photography is a bit of a black art (or black and white art, if you don't mind the pun) in
that you have to choose the subject carefully and give more than usual attention to the colour
and quality of the light. It works best when infra-red radiation (as light, not heat) is reflected by
stone-clad buildings (as here), foliage (especially in summer), blue skies, etc. and, in my view,
only works as black and white conversions (you get a red negative). I don't like the false look of
colour infra-red, but it's very useful as an applied photography tool (photo-microscopy, petri
dishes, aerial land-use photography, etc).

Menai Bridge

A neutral grey mount often works well with a black and white image
Black & whites

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A2 (c. 23"x16") print on:
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Innova Soft-textured matt (£36)